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— December 10, 2019

Keeping Kids Safe During the Holidays

  • Avoiding the hazards that can turn the holidays tragic.

The holiday season is marked by decorations, parties, travel, food—and an increase in accidents. To help prevent ER visits, the people at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, suggest the following:

Seatbelt Safety. Properly restraining your child in an age- and weight-appropriate car seat is important no matter the time of year. But with winter comes extra layers of clothing to deal with, so winter coats should be removed while riding in the car.

Determine Décor. Anything with small pieces can be a choking hazard, and small or breakable tree ornaments should be placed up higher out of reach. Free-standing items should be weighed down or secured to the wall to prevent them from falling over if tugged on and electrical cords along the wall or tacked down to prevent tripping. 

Fight Fires. Adding candlelight to a room can increase the ambience, but an open flame within reach of a child could end badly. Try using battery-operated options; if you do use candles or have a fireplace, never leave flames unattended and be sure to leave a safe distance from decorative items. If you have a live tree keep it well watered; check all of your lights for broken bulbs and frayed wires, and don’t overload your outlets.

Check Toys. Most toys are age-rated on the packaging, which is a good guide for safety of use. For younger children, certain toys can pose a choking hazard so make sure you know if the batteries are secured, if the toy has magnets, or pieces that could break off easily and be swallowed. If there is a significant gap in age for the kids in your household, try placing the toys with smaller parts in containers with lids so that your older children are able to access them.

Cook with Care. Be aware of where you are placing hot items, and keep the serving spoons on the side of the dish instead of in them to prevent spills that could burn. When possible use the rear burners, turning pot and pan handles toward the back to make them harder to reach. Keep knives out of reach and blades covered.

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