Just a few friendly reminders and tips!
Stress- The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year and you can’t afford to stress. Relief is on the way if you follow a few simple procedures: First, make sure to allow yourself enough time to shop rather than hurry through stores and crowded parking lots. Limit your number of errands per day so you do not get overwhelmed. When shopping at the mall make sure to make several trips out to the car to drop off packages. This will help you get some fresh air and give you two free hands. Most importantly, find the time to relax in between shopping adventures andtake nice DEEP BREATHS!
Decorations- Make sure that all decorations are flame retardant -- check the labels. Cotton snow is usually flame retardant but if you add artificial snow from a spray can to the cotton snow it is highly flammable. Use with caution. Also, make sure to read the cautions on decorations. Most sprays, like the spray snow, can irritate the lungs if inhaled.
Fireplaces- Make sure your chimney has been inspected before you use it. Have chimneys inspected annually, and cleaned if necessary, by a qualified professional chimney service technician. This reduces the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisonings due to build-up or obstructions in the chimneys. When using your fireplace, do not burn evergreens or wreaths because they are likely to flare out of control and cause flames and smoke to enter the room. Lastly, do not burn wrapping paper because it often contains metallic materials which are toxic if burned. For more information on chimney safety, visit http://www.csia.org/
Toys and Gifts- When choosing gifts for small children be aware of what the toy truly looks like. If the toy has any pieces that are small enough to swallow, refrain from buying them. Avoid toys with small parts that can be broken or pulled off. If you are buying gifts for a large family with different age children, keep in mind that they all normally end up playing with each others toys.