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Holiday Hazards

Holiday Hazards

AUBURN, AL—The holidays are coming up and the last thing people think about are the holiday hazards. Nobody wants to worry during the holidays. Most people have decorations everywhere, food cooking and want to make sure nothing will hurt any body or thing, including kids and pets.

People get caught up with the holidays because of the excitement and festivities, but people need to remember there is a safe way of doing things.

shutterstock_60424783Food is a huge deal during the holidays, whether it’s a turkey, ham or casseroles. Safety guidelines from the USDA are to make sure you are buying fresh, undamaged products from the grocery store. Remember cross contamination is something you should avoid, and store foods in the appropriate places at the right temperature.

When you are cooking in the kitchen with kids and pets running around, you want to make sure that the kids stay away from hot stove tops, ovens and fryers.

Remembering that toys can be harmful to children and pets also is important. Most mistakes and accidents are prevented by reading the instructions and knowing the rules. This does not mean you and your loved ones cannot have fun, just be safe.

Urban Extension Regional Agent, Marchale Burton said, “One of the most common holiday hazards with decorations and toys is not reading the instructions. Consumers must remember that all companies have their own specific directions and safety instructions.”

Extension Area Specialist, Robert Spencer said, “The most common mistake people make during the holidays with their pets is assuming. They assume an emergency will not occur and therefore are not prepared if one does occur.”

shutterstock_235887481Pets are prone to accidents. It could be eating something they are not supposed to or getting tangled in decorations. Spencer said, “Do not let animals play with decorations, glass and plastic that can break and cut their mouth, and make sure they do not eat unusual foods.”

Plants are something that people might not think are a hazard to pets, but Spencer states, “Plants such as lilies, poinsettias, mistletoe and holly can be toxic to pets.”

So, here are the tips to keep you and your loved ones, even furry ones, safe these holidays.

Eat, be merry and avoid these holiday hazards!

 

Featured image of wrapped gifts by Birgit Brandlhuber/shutterstock.com

Image of holiday meal by Bochkarev Photography/shutterstock.com

Image of dog by InBetweentheBlinks/shutterstock.com

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