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Holiday Safety Tips (& a Giveaway from State Farm)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On December 16, 2011 @ 5:30 pm In Promotions | Comments Disabled

Avoid holiday accidents, injuries, and theft by considering some of these tips from State Farm.

Christmas and New Years can be wonderful times of celebration. But, they can also be busy times at emergency rooms and insurance offices. Accidents and thefts can be a very unwelcome part of the holidays.

But there are a few things we can do to protect ourselves and our families from injury or harm. Consider these tips from State Farm (and me):

1. Water your Christmas tree!

To help keep your tree fresh, the National Christmas Tree Association recommends adding one quart of water per day for each inch of the trunk’s diameter.

(From FishMama: We easily delegate this task to a child by having them fill the reservoir with ice cubes. Ice doesn’t make such a mess if spilled, but it waters the tree as it melts. Here are a few other tree safety ideas [4].)

2. Make sure your home is childproof.

Keep decorations with small parts out of kid’s reach as well as dangerous decorative plants such as Mistletoe, holly berries and Jerusalem cherries which can be poisonous if consumed in large amounts.

(From FishMama: Check out these tips to avoid accidental poisoning [5], provided by the California Poison Control System.)

3. Don’t let your garbage advertise your new gadgets.

Setting out a box with the picture of a giant TV on it is a prime invitation for burglars.

(From FishMama: Cut the boxes up into smaller pieces and place them in your recycling bin, face down.)

You can see more tips for a safer holiday season on State Farm’s website [6].

Win an Amazon gift card from State Farm

State Farm is awarding two Life as MOM readers each with a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate a safer season.

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This promotion is open until Sunday, December 18th, at 8 pm PST and is limited to US residents, 18 years or older. The winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. This post will be updated with the beginning of the winner’s email addresses. The prize for this promotion is provided by and shipped by State Farm and/or its representatives. Jessica Fisher and Life as MOM will not be held responsible for unclaimed or undelivered prizes.

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: sheilaglaurence@, sg.ellis2@

Disclosure: State Farm has provided me with safety information as noted as well as a gift card. All opinions are my own. Please note that all safety tips are provided with no guarantees. Please use common sense.


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