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Avoid Christmas disasters! Three injury risks in your home

Every year, you want to have the best Christmas and holiday season. As a parent, you need to make sure you and your family have the safest holiday possible so it's important to know the risks that come with the season. Whether you're in your own home or visiting friends and family, these risks are most prominent during the holiday season.

Lighting gone wrong

One of the first things that can become a hazard in a home is string lights. These lights can pose a choking risk to children if the bulbs come loose, and the cord itself has to potential to get tangled around a child's neck. On top of that, if the string lights get too hot, you could find that you have a fire on your hands. If you're caught off-guard, this could lead to severe burns that take months or years to recover from. Choose LED lights, which are cool to the touch, to help prevent a fire from hot bulbs touching dry fir branches.

Tree hazards to consider

Another common decoration around the holidays is the Christmas tree. While this elegant evergreen looks attractive, it poses several risks to children, pets and adults. Trees with dry needles are a fire hazard, which is why all trees should be placed in a base of water. This helps keep them hydrated longer, lowering the risk of dry needles. If you can't put water around the trunk, make sure any tree you buy has needles that bend. If they snap, the tree is already too dry to bring home.

Trees also pose an allergy risk to humans and pets. Real Christmas trees can carry molds into the home, increasing the number of mold spores in the home by up to 6.5 percent. To help reduce this risk, opt for an artificial model that can be cleaned every year.

Remembering safety outdoors

It's fun to head outside during Christmas day to spend some time with family, but certain parts of California still have the potential for snow and ice. If you visit a business or family that has not removed ice from a walkway and you fall, that person could be held liable for your injuries. At your home, make sure to put down salt if ice is a concern.

Any time you get hurt when you're in someone else's home or on a business's property, you have the right to file a claim. If the other party was negligent, you may be able to get them to cover your medical expenses and other financial needs.

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