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BY: - 21 Dec '11 | Giveaways

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The holidays are here if you haven’t noticed. With everything on your mind please remember to be safe. State Farm has provided us with some tips to keep you and your family out of harms way during this season. Can you answer these questions?

Q: What are the most common causes of holiday fires in residences?

A: Overloaded electric outlets & faulty wires

Q: How long does it take for a dry Christmas tree to ignite in flames?

A: 7-10 seconds

Q: Name four holiday plant decorations that are toxic to humans and pets.

A: Holly Berries, Jerusalem Cherry, Mistletoe and Poinsettia

Q: How many home burglaries does the FBI report in November and December alone?

A: Nearly 400,000!

Q: Which age groups are at the greatest risk of toy-related injuries?

A: Infants and toddlers

Here are some additional tips from State Farm Insurance pertaining to these quiz questions to make sure everyone stays safe this holiday season.

  • Water your Christmas tree! To help keep your tree fresh, the National Christmas Tree Association recommends adding one quart of water per day for each inch of the trunk’s diameter.
  • Make sure your home is childproof: Keep decorations with small parts out of kid’s reach as well as dangerous decorative plants such as Mistletoe, holly berries and Jerusalem cherries which can be poisonous if consumed in large amounts.
  • Don’t let your garbage advertise your new gadgets: Setting out a box with the picture of a giant TV on it is a prime invitation for burglars

Not only did our friends at State Farm provide us with some great tips but they also partnered with us to host a great giveaway! Two (2) lucky winners will receive a $50 dollar gift card.


Follow the instructions below. There is one mandatory step to enter. All others are optional and give you additional chances to win.

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  • PatriciaW

    Good, helpful information during the holiday season.  No reason to experience tragedies that can be avoided.

  • Tamikeys

    I didnt do to well on the State Farm safety Questions, but at least  I know now!

  • Guest

    Good tips for pet owners!

  • Aisha Greene

    I did ok with the State Farm questions – I’d give myself a B plus – but now – I will get an A!

  • Sydney60171

    thank you for the great safety tips this holiday season!!!

  • Hewella1

    I did ok on the State Farm questions. I learned some things though.

  • Anonymous

    Not very well. But I learned a lot

  • ichoosethesun

    2 out of 5 isn’t bad considering I learned 3 new things 😉

  • Jason and Anna Pry

    didn’t know the answers

  • Anonymous

    I did two right. Learned a lot, great tips.

  • Historyphd

    The tips were a nice reminder of what I should do to stay safe.

  • Jodi Dawson

    Wow, I did not do very well.   I am glad that I don’t have a real christmas tree!   I never knew that a Poinsettia was poisonous!  

  • Gina Maddox

    I didn’t do so well, so it was very informative!!!  Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  • Andrea Martinez Julian

    I don’t think I did very well at all, but very informative.

  • Janetfaye

    I only knew one of the tips and the rest are good to know.

          janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Mami2jcn

    I definitely knew about the toddlers being at risk.  I didn’t know the other answers.

    I’m entering the rafflecopter with my FB username Mary Happymommy.

  • kjasus

    i knew 3 of the questions

  • Lynda Del Castillo

    I didn’t do so well, but you live and learn.   Stay safe, everyone!

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t do well on the questions but I feel better knowing the answers now!
    Amanda S

  • Tracietrump

    I did well I am a preschool teacher so I am pretty knowledgable about safety!

  • Ebartz09

    Great Safety Tips!

  • Stacy Taylor

    I got most of the questions wrong!   But, now I know better.   Thanks for the info and for the giveaway!

  • courtney b

    i liked them! i just had a new baby and we have pets so these always come in handy

  • NathanD

    good tips but it’s a comfort to have insurance for those that decide to go Christmas shopping under my tree :)

  • jacque thomas

    did not do well but now i know better thanks

  • Janeria Dunlap

    I did terribly but I know now!

  • Louis Huffmire

    thank you and State Farm for this safety reminder. I didn’t answer all questions correct but learned a great deal

  • Lilnursejen

    I did pretty well-glad to refresh my memory though!

  • Tina M

    I did not do well  

  • Mandy

    I didnt do so hot, haha

  • Qiana Lawery

    These are great tips from State Farm. I definitely learned some new info!

  • Karin

    Didn’t do as well as I should’ve.

  • Howardreviews

    not as good as i should have ;-p

  • Laura

    Did pretty well with the safety questions! Thanks for the tips. Have a great holiday.

  • Mrstrellwill

    These were great reminders especially not leaving out boxes advertising your new gadgets!

  • Missqtpye

    Didn’t do so well, but learned alot!  Thanks for the info!

  • Monyca Henderson

    Didn’t do so well on most, but learned a lot.  Thanks for the info!

  • Jazz

    Had no idea Jerusalem Cherries were poisonous! Must keep my little puppy away from all of the different holiday decor in my home!

  • LisaR.

    Good tips for pet owners and families!

  • Ashley C

    We were careful about why boxes we put out to the road, especially because we just moved to our first house and we have a lot of new stuff


  • Wendy Lindsey

    I did pretty good. My kids have been educating me every since they took a fire safety course. I have two little fire deputies on duty 24/7. lol I did learn a few things here though! Thx for the info and for the giveway! Had never thought about a dry Christmas tree being a fire hazard. Yikes!
    welindsey at gmail dot com

  • Mselys

    Great Holiday Tips

  • Suzanne

    I got the first and last questions–the rest were new to me, thanks.

  • tanya

    I did ok.  didnt get all of them correct

  • Deanna G.

    I did okay. Good to know!

  • Rondah

    I didnt do well at all

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BY: - 22 Aug '12 | Giveaways

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