It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But Sally Kreuscher, a child advocacy program coordinator with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, says when decorating your home for the holidays remember to keep the decorations safe for children. “Kids are curious, and for kids that are starting to pull up, you want to put the ornaments that are breakable, up and out of the reach of kids.”
Keep breakable and potentially dangerous decorations out of reach for children. “Around the holidays we have candles being lit. Make sure that they’re not within the reach of the child, and that they are in a stable furniture environment. Also keep the lighters and matches away from children,” said Kreuscher.
When it comes to cooking, make sure kids stay away from hot ovens, stoves, and knives. “If they’re going to be involved in the cooking make sure you’re actively supervising them while they’re cooking,” said Kreuscher.
Keep in mind, what’s under the tree can be just as dangerous for kids as what’s on it. “You want to make sure that anything you purchase for a child isn’t a choking hazard,” said Kreuscher.
Be mindful of gifts. Each toy has an age requirement listed on the side of the box. Health experts recommend making sure the gift is age appropriate for the child before letting them open it. “If you’re purchasing a bike, you want to make sure you purchase a bike helmet that fits the child appropriately,” said Kreuscher.
Depending on the age of the child, avoid giving them toys that are breakable, or come with small pieces or button batteries. Safely preparing your home for the holidays is important to keeping your family safe.
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