McGuinty government encourages families to have a safe and happy holiday season

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McGuinty government encourages families to have a safe and happy holiday season

TORONTO, Dec. 21 -Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Ontario's Minister of Children's Services offers families across the province best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. "This is an ideal time for friends and family to spend time together and celebrate," said Bountrogianni, "but we also want to remind families that extra care is needed when children are nearby." Minister Bountrogianni reminds families to put safety first by following these helpful family safety tips. Tips for holiday safety: - Never put ornaments that are breakable or have small parts on the lower branches of your tree where a small child could break or choke on them. - For infants and toddlers avoid toys and clothing with a long string. A young child can easily be strangled if left alone with a long string, even for a moment. - While hosting or attending a party remember that people carry things like medications, lighters and matches in their pockets and purses, which are often easily accessible to a curious child. Tips for fire safety: - Never leave lit candles unattended and keep them away from children and pets. - Choose a fresh tree and cut an inch off before putting it in the stand. To prevent your tree from drying out, keep the stand filled with water and away from heat vents or radiators. - Check your light bulbs, sockets and extension cords and throw away any that are frayed, cracked or broken. Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.children.gov.on.caFor further information: Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children's Services, (416) 325-5156