Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Decorate Safely for the Holidays

Safe Kids Kansas offers holiday safety reminders

Holiday decorations, especially candles and electrical lighting, can be fire hazards, and Safe Kids Kansas reminds parents and caregivers to take a few precautions when decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and other winter festivities.

“Never, never leave burning candles unattended,” says Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas State Director. “Don’t put candles on a tree or a natural wreath, or near curtains or drapes. Keep matches and lighters locked out of reach.”

In 2005, candles started 15,000 home fires in the United States, and the top four days for candle fires are around Christmas and New Year’s according to the National Fire Protection Association.  Battery-operated flameless candles are an alternative that does not have a fire risk.

“Decorative lighting should be labeled with the seal of an independent testing lab,” says Sage. “If it’s not labeled for outdoor use, don’t use it outdoors.”

If you decorate a tree, Safe Kids Kansas recommends these precautions:

Safe Kids Kansas also offers these tips to prevent accidental poisoning:

For more information about home safety, visit the fire prevention and safety tips pages at www.usa.safekids.org.

Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14.   Local coalitions and chapters are located in Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mitchell, Montgomery, Osage, Pottawatomie, Rice, Riley, Saline, Smith, Shawnee, Wilson and Woodson Counties, as well as the cities of Chanute, Emporia, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, the Wichita Area (including Butler, Harvey, Sumner and Sedgwick counties) and the Metro Kansas City Area (Wyandotte county and several Missouri counties.)  Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Visit us at www.safekidskansas.org.