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Commit a minute to safety this holiday season

Commit a minute to safety this holiday season
Safety tips from UL and the Muppets

(NAPS)- The holidays are considered the "most wonderful time of the year," but all the seasonal cooking, decorating and home entertaining contributes to many unintentional injuries each year.
To help, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety organization, and The Muppets have a series of online safety videos to teach families how to stay safer this holiday season-and for a lifetime of safety awareness.
The first video, featuring popular characters from The Muppets, educates families on fire safety and can be seen at
The Commit a Minute to Safety campaign also includes a cooking safety video with the Swedish Chef and a national public service announcement featuring Kermit the Frog, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker.
To help get families in the holiday spirit safely, here are some additional tips from UL-and The Muppets:
* Water your tree daily: Dry trees pose a substantial fire risk. After bringing your tree home, make a fresh cut at the base of the trunk before putting it in a sturdy stand. Be sure to water it daily. Additionally, know your tree's expiration date. After about four weeks, the tree will stop absorbing water, dry out and should be properly discarded or recycled.
* Check your lights, check them twice: Inspect all your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard.
* Decorate with a safe eye: Cords should not be run under carpets or tacked up with metal nails or staples. Small decorations can be choking hazards for small children or pets and should be kept out of reach.
* Be flame aware: Always blow out candles when leaving rooms and keep flammable materials "three feet from the heat" of lit candles or fireplaces.
* Indoor or outdoor? Look for the UL Mark: Indoor-use- only light strings are marked with a green holographic label. Indoor- or outdoor-use light strings are marked with a red holographic label. Only use light strings and other electrical decorations that bear the UL Mark near the plug, used by manufacturers to signify that safety standards have been met. UL has been a world leader in advancing safety for more than 100 years.
"The holidays are a happy time and we want to help keep them that way. Commit a Minute to Safety shows folks how easy it is to keep their home and family safe," said Kermit the Frog, who adds this additional holiday safety tip: "Never mix mistletoe and romantic pigs. Trust me on this."
To learn more about the Commit a Minute to Safety holiday campaign and for other safety tips, visit

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