Boone County warns people about holiday safety hazards

4 years 5 days 8 hours ago Saturday, December 13 2014 Dec 13, 2014 Saturday, December 13, 2014 3:54:00 PM CST December 13, 2014 in News
By: Lauren Donovan, KOMU 8 Reporter

BOONE COUNTY - The holiday season is a time of joy and excitement. However, there are some unknown hazards that could put a damper on the season. 

Boone County Public Safety Joint Communications posted some helpful tips on its website to help keep you, your family and your home safe this holiday season:

1. Do not place mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and other posinous plants within reach of children.

2. Do not post if you are traveling or going to be away from home on social media.

Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Boone County Sheriff's Department stressed the importance of not advertising this on social media. "If you are going out of town, stop your mail, stop your newspaper delivery, tell your neighbors you are going to be gone, time the devices on lights so they turn on and leave the car in the driveway" said O'Sullivan. He also shared that the key to doing this is creating the impression that you are home. 

3. Do not let your Christmas tree dry out and become a fire hazard. Pick a fresh tree and keep it hydrated. 

"Do not put your tree next to a radiator or a heat vent, keep it watered. When you leave you should turn off all the lights," said O'Sullivan. 

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