Beware these holiday hazards

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This holiday season The Kohl's Injury Prevention Program and The Children's Hospital of Michigan would like you to take a few moments and make sure you are keeping your family safe. 
 
Decorate Your Tree With Your Kids in Mind 
- Kids are curious and will want to play with the ornaments on the tree, so you might as well prepare. Move the ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks towards the top of the tree. That makes room at the bottom for the ones that are safer for young kids.
 
Trees
- An artificial tree that is "flame resistant" is the BEST choice. 
- Water natural trees regularly, needles can dry out and pose a potential fire hazard. Make sure your tree has plenty of water by checking it regularly.
 
Check the Lights
- Lights are one of the best parts of holiday decorating. Take a look at the ones on your tree and in and around your home for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
- Make sure you are using indoor lights inside the home and outdoor lights for outside. 
 
Candles and Matches
- It's best to use flameless candles instead of real candles. 
- Keep holiday candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and don't forget to blow them out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep.
- Make a habit of placing matches and lighters in a safe place, out of children's reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.
 
Prevent Spills 
- Kids love to reach, so to prevent burns from hot holiday food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge.
 - Be mindful of decorative table cloths. Toddler will pull on them, and hot or heavy items can fall on them. 
 
Keep Button Batteries Away from Young Kids
- Keep a special eye on small pieces, including button batteries that may be included in electronic toys. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings.
 
For more information, go to www.childrensdmc.org/KIPP.
 

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