Decorating Safely

christmas-tree-lights1Thanks to Safe Kids, for these wonderful tips

Top Safety Tips If you decorate a tree, avoid these top decorating mistakes:

 Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have small parts or metal hooks, or look like food or candy, on the lower branches where small children can reach them.

 Trim protruding branches at or below a child’s eye level, and keep lights out of reach.

Natural trees always involve some risk of fire. To minimize the risk, get a fresh tree and keep it watered at all times. Do not put the tree within three feet of a fireplace, space heater, radiator or heat vent. Never leave a lit tree or other decorative lighting display unattended.

Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections and broken sockets. Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not run an electrical cord under a rug. Do not burn tree branches, treated wood or wrapping paper in a home fireplace. ?

 Top tips to prevent poisoning this holiday season:

Keep alcohol, including baking extracts, out of reach and do not leave alcoholic drinks unattended.

Color additives used in fireplace fires are a toxic product and should be stored out of reach.

 Artificial snow can be harmful if inhaled, so use it in a well-vented space.

Mistletoe berries, Holly Berry and Jerusalem Cherry can be poisonous. If they are used in decorating, make sure children and pets cannot reach it. In a poison emergency, call the national Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

A Few Pointers on Finding Safe Toys for the Holidays

Years ago,  before I was a mother and safety fanatic, I used to think that if a toy was manufactured for children, then it had to be safe for them too. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Below are some tips to help you find a safe gift for the children you cherish.

1-Don’t purchase toys with small magnets that can be swallowed. The dangerous toy that comes to mind is the alphabet refrigerator magnets. They have tiny magnets that easily come off the back.

2-Beware of costume jewelry for children, it may contain lead or cadmium.

3-Look for toys painted with nontoxic paint or dyes.

4-Look for toys made with natural materials.

5-Sign up to get email alerts from the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commision), they email up to date information about product recalls.

6-Watchout for toys made with vinyl products or PVC. PVC is several times more likely to contain hazardous additives compared with other plastics.

Have a Happy Holiday and a safe one too!!!!!

FDNY to Distribute Free Smoke Alarm Batteries

fdnyIt’s that time of year again!

When you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time on Nov. 7, the FDNY reminds you to also change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

The FDNY wants to help, so members of our Fire Safety Education Unit will be distributing 9-volt batteries in locations throughout the five boroughs from Nov. 5 to 7. (Special thanks to the FDNY Foundation for donating the batteries!)

Find a location near you:

Fri., Nov. 5
Gateway Center
409 Gateway Dr.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hilton Times Square Hotel
234 W. 42nd St. (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues)
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 6
Western Beef
425 Bay St.
Staten Island
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Corner of West 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

430 East Fordham Rd.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Union Square Park
14th Street and Broadway
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dunkin Donuts
81-18 Roosevelt Ave.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 7
Corner of Avenue M and Coney Island Avenue
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Corner of Avenue M and East 15th Street
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Stuyvesant Town
14th Street and Avenue A
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.