The California Poison Control System (www.calpoison.org) has a new twist on the old “!2 Days of Christmas” song, which offers 12 things all of us can to to make our lives—before, during, and after the Holidays—safer.
I realize were a little late getting this up, but there’s no reason to skip any of these great suggestions, even if the calendar date has passed, your personal winter holiday is over, or you celebrate only Festivus,
12/14: “Poison proof” your home if you have small children or expect any to visit. Secure all medicines, cleaning products, and personal care products before your guests arrive. Poisonings can occur in the home of grandparents who may not remember how quickly children can move or how inventive they can be in exploring new spaces.
12/15: Prevent food poisoning. Before you prepare any food, clean all counters and cutting boards with soap and hot water, and carefuly wash your hands. After meals, refrigerate food promptly.
12/16: Keep alcohol and/or tobacco (you shouldn’t be smoking anyway) out of reach of toddlers.
12/17: if you have a Christmas tree, keep it fresh with water early on, and keep anything and everything flammable far away from the tree. Put fresh batteries in all your smoke detectors.