Keep kids' safety in mind when celebrating with family and friends
The holiday season can be a joyous time for kids and adults. It's also a time when entertaining and festivities can distract from child safety. Here are tips to keep in mind when celebrating with family and friends to keep it safe for everyone.
When hosting or attending a holiday get together:
Keep guests' purses, coats and suitcases out of reach. Visitors may carry medications, cigarettes or cigars, perfume or aftershave that kids could easily get into. When guests arrive, have a safe place to store their items out of reach.
Actively supervise kids. . Sometimes, when many adults are in the house, itâ€™s easy to think someone else is watching the kids. Designate adults to take turns supervising.
Consider the age of your guests. If you have little ones visiting, safety-proof things like your tree, ornaments, holiday plants, stairs, outlets and other things that can be dangerous for small children.
Never leave lit candles unattended. Candles are festive, but for safety's sake, consider using flameless tealights and candles instead.
Handle food safely.When preparing meals, clean your hands with warm, soapy water 20 seconds before and after food handling. Also, wash surfaces in contact with food in hot, soapy water after preparation.
Clean up the leftovers. Don't leave out food or half-filled glasses to clean up the next day when there are children around. Children of all ages can wake up early and ingest leftover foods and alcoholic drinks.
When exchanging holiday gifts:
Know the child's age and maturity level when purchasing a toy or game. Read the instructions and warning labels.
Invest in the gift of safety. If you're giving a bike, scooter, wheeled vehicle or winter sports equipment like skates, sleds or skis, don't forget a helmet.
Keep track of batteries. Lithium button batteries are now found in electronic devices, remote controls and musical greeting cards, and are very dangerous to small children and pets if swallowed.