Family health: Follow these child safety precautions for holidays

Winter holidays are magical and memorable, but also can present unique child safety issues many of us neglect to consider. We decorate our homes, host guests and indulge in a frenzy of activities that create unintended safety hazards for children.

To keep the holidays happy, safe and injury-free, please consider the following child safety precautions:

Candles invoke a festive feeling during the holidays, but are responsible for a significant increase in home fires during this time. Candles should be kept a minimum of 3 feet away from anything that can burn, monitored at all times and out of reach of children and pets. Battery-powered candles can be a safe alternative.

Following these common-sense suggestions will help to keep your loved ones safe this holiday season. For more safety information and checklists, visit

Source: Missoulian

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