When we think about holiday and winter safety, we tend to worry about our kids and our pets, our homes and our money and our own physical wellbeing, not necessarily in that order. But are the holidays any more dangerous than any other time of year? Probably not. A little common sense and some expert tips however can protect us from some of the more common hidden holiday hazards.
It's scary to think about our pets (not to mention our kids) ingesting anything we're not sure about. Plants are probably the most common concern when it comes to the holidays. As it turns out, Poinsettias aren't as bad as most people think, but watch out for Mistletoe and Holly.
No school, presents, candy and all the colorful lights may be about as good as it gets for the kids, but decorations, traveling, new toys and visiting other people's homes can also be dangerous for them if you're not keeping watch.
The holidays can be an especially joyous time for would-be cyber criminals. Too much online sharing can get you into trouble no matter what time of year it is, but too much holiday cheer (or eggnog) can lull you into letting your guard down and not always using your best judgment.