Christmas Tree Safety Tips
* Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
* Cut 1-2” off the trunk of the tree before placing in the stand.
* Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from a heat source.
* Add water daily to the tree stand.
* Never use lit candles near a tree or as decoration.
* Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
* If you have an artificial tree, make sure it is fire retardant.
Winter Sports Safety
* Skiing and Snowboarding: Take lessons and wear a helmet! Stay on marked trails and always go with a buddy.
* Sledding: Find a good hill where you won’t run into something at the bottom. Sit up with feet forward. Make sure an adult is with you.
* Ice Skating: Don’t use the neighborhood pond. Stick to public indoor and outdoor skating rinks. Wear a helmet.
* For all winter sports: Dress in layers and wear a hat. Even on cold days, the sun can burn you. Drink water and wear sunscreen.
* Don’t walk on a frozen pond.
Poison Control, 800-222-1222
* Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning: an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas created from burning fuel. Install a CO detector in your home.
* Don’t use the oven, gas range or unattended space heaters for heating your home.
* Holly berries, mistletoe and poinsettias can be poisonous if swallowed.
* Keep ornaments out of reach of children and pets. Some ornaments may contain lead or have sharp edges if broken. Snow globes contain dangerous ingredients.
* Swallowing hazards: any small object that can fit through a toilet paper roll.
* Children are curious. Secure all medications, cosmetics and cleaning products when children are visiting
For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.