Water Fresh Christmas Trees Daily

Erie County Health Department
Posted at 12:09 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 12:09:11-05

Water  fresh Christmas trees daily and Keep trees away from heat sources (fireplace, candles, space heaters, radiators, etc.)

Make sure tree has a stable platform (real & artificial)
 Dispose of your tree once it is dry (fire hazard)
• Do not use holiday lights if the cords are frayed or have bare spots with wires exposed
 Turn off lights/decorations when not in use
• Follow manufacturer’s directions for proper use of space heaters
• Never use an oven to heat your home
• Candles are especially dangerous if you have small children and/or pets; NEVER leave them unattended; keep them at least 12” from anything flammable.

Accident Precautions
• Be aware of where alcohol is and ensure children and adolescents do not have access to it
• Watch for small items/toys that pose a choking risk that might be attractive to a toddler
o Inspect toys to ensure they do not contain toxic metals (lead, cadmium)
• Keep toxic items out of reach of children (liquid nicotine)

Illness Precautions
• Do not attend religious services, holiday gatherings or family parties if you are sick! Rest & keep your germs at home.
• Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food
• Cook all foods to their recommended temperatures; check temps with thermometer
• Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold
• Cooking Safety Tips
 Cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home and the leading cause of fire injuries
 Remember to “stand by your pan" and stay in the kitchen when boiling, frying or broiling.
 Use a timer when baking or roasting and never leave the house with the oven running.
Follow these food handling behaviors:
 Separate: Separate raw meats from other foods by using different cutting boards.
 Clean: Clean kitchen surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and water while preparing food.
 Cook: Cook foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer.
 Chill: Chill raw and prepared foods promptly.