7 Holiday Safety Tips for Your Children and Pets

Holiday safety tips for your children and pets

Nothing marks the start of the season like that moment we unbox our Christmas tree. We enjoy decking our halls with holiday cheer, but some decorations may be dangerous for our little ones—and our pets too. Shiny ornaments attract their interest and may cause accidents. To help keep festivities trouble-free for the whole family, here are some holiday safety tips for you to consider.

1. Opt for an artificial Christmas tree instead of a real one

Dog with tree
Photo courtesy of Natal Me

Live trees can cause allergic reactions in some people, and they produce sap that can irritate your pet’s skin. They also attract insects which may transfer to your dog or cat’s fur. Artificial Christmas trees are a great alternative since you won’t have to worry about the mess and risk to your kids and pets.

2. Choose a safe location for your tree

baby with teddy bear
Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Neier

Keep your tree away from the fireplace. It’s also a good idea to place it in a corner, because the walls provide protection on two sides and keep it from toppling over. When possible, raise your tree off the floor with a platform or enclose it with a fence.

3. Place paw repellents and climb blockers

dog on the bed
Photo courtesy of The Heart Comes Home

Use a piece of aluminum foil on your tree’s base or cover the tree with plant netting to discourage your pets from climbing its branches.

4. Keep cords and plugs hidden

kids with christmas tree
Photo courtesy of The Heart Comes Home

Lights attract curious children, so make sure to place them deep into the tree’s branches. Also keep cords or plugs tucked away from easy reach to avoid accidents.

5. Consider the size of ornaments

baby with ornament
Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Neier

Smaller decorations pose a choking hazard to your young ones. Select ornaments that are big enough to prevent children and pets from accidentally eating or swallowing them.

6. Check the materials too

child with wreath
Photo courtesy of My Confetti Life

Look out for decorations that can irritate the skin and eyes. Chemicals used for flocking or artificial snow can be harmful when inhaled or ingested, so avoid using them when you can. Also stay away from tinsel and glitter as these sparkly pieces can be fatal to kids and pets alike.

7. Hang your ornaments carefully

decorating with a toddler
Photo courtesy of Sheila Jane Blog

Choose shatterproof ornaments instead of breakable ones. If you do decide to use glass ornaments, hang them higher up on your tree and secure them tightly to its branches.

dog and wreath
Photo courtesy of Edith & Evelyn Vintage

We hope this guide helps you enjoy your celebrations without worrying about your kids and pets. Do you have other holiday safety tips that we missed? Share them in the comments below, and don’t forget to visit Tree Classics for flame-proof artificial Christmas trees and more.

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