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9. Toppling Trees and Ominous Ornaments

As we've discussed in How to Kid-Proof Your Holiday Decor, trees should be placed in a sturdy stand rated for the tree's size and positioned in a low-traffic area, where pets and kids won't pose a tip-over risk. Meanwhile, when decorating avoid real or artificial candy and popcorn: They'll lure kids to tug at the tree and pose choking hazards if children take a bite. Trees are involved in hundreds of fires every holiday season; keep reading for ways you can lower the risk in your home.
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