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Celebrating the Holidays Safely

This page compiles resources from Oklahoma State University experts about keeping your family safe and prepared for the holidays. Below you will find information regarding tips for secure shopping, nutritional aspects of holiday meals, special concerns for pets, decorating hazards and more.


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Checking your credit after the holidays

It is hard enough to think about what is going to happen during the always hectic holiday season, let alone what to do after the wrapping paper stops flying and the refrigerator is bursting with leftovers. However, one task that should be at the top of everyone’s post-holiday to-do list is checking their credit report.

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Be aware of electrical safety during the holiday season

It is the time of year to trek up to the attic or down to the basement to bring out all of the treasured holiday decorations, many of which have great sentimental value. The multiple houses in the Christmas village have always been a favorite, along with the light-up garland for the mantle.

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Picking holiday presents for the children

As shoppers get into the holiday spirit, keeping a few gift-giving guidelines top of mind while picking presents for young ones can help ensure the season is safe as well as merry and bright.

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Shopping safely online during the holidays

There are lots of advantages to shopping online – no lines, a broader range of product options and, in some cases, the best pricing. Following a few important precautions this holiday season will help make shopping from your computer or tablet as hassle free as possible.

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Watch your wallet during the shopping season

Unfortunately, thieves and fraudsters are as much a part of the holidays as brightly colored packages, sweet treats and warm family gatherings. That means shoppers need to keep a sharp eye out for those less interested in hunting up the perfect gift and more intent on stalking wallets and purses.

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Medication safety during the holiday travel season

When you are scrambling to get on the road or rushing to prepare your home to host family and friends for the holidays, managing your medications is an easy detail to overlook.

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