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How to Keep Babies & Toddlers Safe around Christmas Trees

Christmas is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also pose dangers to the health of your children. Enjoy your beautiful tree and keep your kids safe.


  • : Ornament hooks, ornaments with small pieces, and glass ornaments are serious choking and injury risks for infants and children. Use these sparingly or not at all to keep your children safe.
  • Step 1: Purchase a tree Choose a live or artificial tree with a wide base as it will have a lower risk of tipping.
  • Step 2: Attach base Attach your tree stand to a 3-foot by 3-foot piece of plywood using heavy-duty wood screws for increased stability.
  • Step 3: Insert tree Insert the tree into the stand, making sure that it is securely attached and won't tip over.
  • Step 4: Attach to ceiling Screw a ceiling hook into the ceiling directly above the tree. Attach heavy-gauge wire securely to the top of the tree trunk and connect to the ceiling hook to prevent tipping.
  • Step 5: Run lights Run LED lights around the tree closest to the trunk and at least 2 feet up from the floor to prevent little hands from grabbing the lights.
  • TIP: Be sure to check light strands for any frays or bare spots before putting them on your tree.
  • Step 6: Hide the cord Hide the light cords and plugs behind a big piece of furniture. Tape cords to the floor with painter's or duct tape to secure them.
  • Step 7: Use ribbon hangers Cut lengths of ribbon to hang each ornament instead of using potentially dangerous ornament hooks.
  • Step 8: Hang ornaments Hang stuffed or plastic ornaments that do not have small or breakable parts. Use ornaments that are safe in the hands of children.
  • TIP: If you are planning on using breakable ornaments, place them at least 3 feet from the ground so children can't get to them.
  • Step 9: Move furniture away Move any furniture that can be used to climb the tree or grab hold of the upper section at least 2 feet away from the Christmas tree.
  • TIP: Using a child safety fence to completely block the tree is a way to ensure your child's safety.
  • Step 10: Show the tree off Explain to your child how the tree can be dangerous despite its beauty. Let them know that the tree is for looking at only. Now enjoy the tree and your beautiful decorations.
  • FACT: The first Christmas tree to be placed at the site of Rockefeller Center was actually erected in the mud by construction workers during the Great Depression in 1931, before the center was even completed.

You Will Need

  • Live or artificial Christmas tree
  • 3 ft. x 3 ft. piece of plywood
  • Heavy-duty wood screws
  • Sturdy tree stand
  • Ceiling hook
  • Heavy-gauge wire
  • LED lights
  • Painter's or duct tape
  • Ribbon
  • Stuffed ornaments without small pieces
  • Plastic ball ornaments
  • Child safety fence (optional)

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