Santa Discusses Holiday Safety with the Vineland Office of Emergency Management

In a conference call with the Vineland Office of Emergency Management, Santa discussed Holiday Safety.
Here is what Santa had to say:
The holiday season is a time to practice safety. Let’s all do our part to make this a happy and safe holiday. Look for artificial trees that are fire resistant. Check for freshness of live trees. Needles should not easily fall off. Keep your fresh tree well-watered and away from radiators, fireplaces and other heating devices. Choose decorations that are fire resistant and lead free. We want to be sure that kids do not try to eat ornaments that look like food or candy. So, keep them away from kids and remove broken ornaments quickly. Keep candles and open flames away from trees. Use only lights that are designed for their indoor or outdoor usage as instructed. Plug all lights into outlets that are ground-fault circuit interrupters to prevent electrocution. Turn off all lights at bedtime or whenever you leave the house.
Keep fireplace salts away from kids. They make the fire look great, but they contain heavy metals, which are poisonous. Never burn wrapping paper. Please make sure the fire is out on Christmas Eve, so I can come down the chimney safely.
Read all instructions on toy packages before allowing children to play with them. Check recommended ages for all toys. Beware of small pieces or balloons, ribbon and other items that can cause choking. Pull-string toys should not be longer than 12 inches.
Food preparation is very important. All foods and hands should be washed thoroughly and never leave meats out to thaw. Keep hot foods and liquids away from kids. Items that require refrigeration should never be left out longer than 2 hours.
When visiting, remember that not all homes are childproofed. Keep an eye out for your child and his/her whereabouts. Babysitters should have emergency contact numbers. In addition to parent numbers, always leave the numbers for police, fire, and the pediatrician. In Vineland the police, fire and health emergency number is 9-1-1. The Poison Help Line is 1-800-222-1222.

During the call, Santa was granted permission to land in Vineland on Christmas Eve to make his special deliveries.
For anyone that is looking for safety gifts, such as flashlights, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, non-perishable foods and weather radios, Santa would be happy to fill those requests.
For safety informations, Vineland residents can call the Vineland OEM at 691.4550.