How to keep young children safe at Christmas
Enjoy peace of mind by following these simple tips.
All of the lights, smells, and sounds of Christmas are very enticing to children of all ages. But how do you keep the youngest in your brood safe with so many exciting and new temptations around?
Choose the right decorations
- Make sure you keep nuts, candy, and small ornaments out of reach. These can pose a choking hazard.
- Invest in an artificial tree. They are cleaner and safer as they don’t shed needles (which young children may try to eat), and have no sap to get on tiny fingers.
- Use longer-lasting, cost-effective and cooler to touch LED lights to prevent burns.
- Skip the poisonous plants like mistletoe, poinsettias, holly berries, cedar berries and other plant materials that can hurt both children and pets if ingested.
- Use shatterproof ornaments at child-level. Felt and plastic ornaments without sequins or small pieces that won’t fit into a child’s mouth are best.
- If you put candles in your windows, make sure they are securely attached to the windowsill. Cords should be hidden and secured to another surface.
- Don’t paint your windows with fake snow. Little ones may try to lick it and get upset stomachs.
- Avoid tinsel icicles. These are another choking hazard.
- Put a child gate around your tree far enough away so a child can touch the needle tips but not the ornaments or a firm branch.
- Create no-go zones that children know they mustn’t enter.
- Don’t be afraid to use the word “dangerous” when pointing out electric or breakable decorations that pose a fire or injury risk.
- Keep a close eye on your children if visiting another home where the same precautions may not be in place.
- Pay attention to what presents others have given to your children to ensure there are no hazards not just with the toy but also the packaging.
- Remove all wrapping and packaging materials as soon as possible as some can pose a suffocating risk.
These are all simple steps you can take to ensure a safe and joyous holiday for your entire family. After all, no one wants to spend the holidays at the doctor’s, unless, of course, you are a doctor.