FORT MYERS, Fla.-The holidays are an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday season, Dr. Annette MacKoul is here to discuss the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
 
Tree Safety:
 
Artificial:  Fire Resistant
Live:  Fresh
Placement:  Avoid fireplaces, radiators, or portable heaters
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Lights:
 
Look for frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.
No lights on metallic trees.
Turn off lights before leaving or going to bed.
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Decorations:
 
Non-combustible or flame-resistant materials.
Tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded material.
Be careful with candles.
Avoid small pieces as choking hazards.
Watch plastic wrappings.
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Toy Safety:
 
Age appropriate toys.
Careful with balloons!
Careful with toys with strings more than 12 inches.
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Food Safety:
 
Careful with drinks - both hot and alcoholic.
Bacterial contamination.
Proper handling.
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Happy Visiting:
 
Childproofing
Alcohol and Tobacco exposure
List of important phone numbers
Routines
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Fireplaces:
 
Check the area for decorations and wrappings.
Flue open?
Careful with 'fire salts'
Flash Fire