The holidays are an exciting time for children - the colorful display of fireworks in July, the smell of turkey and pie on Thanksgiving, the sweet aroma of fresh baked cookies and shiny new gifts on Christmas. To keep the holidays fun and a safe time for all, take a look at the tips below.
The hard facts
Nothing is more important than keeping your little ones safe. Yet every 17 minutes, children go to the emergency room with unintentional injuries. Supervise your children to make sure they are not grabbing or near any dangerous substances. Sparklers, typically used during Fourth of July, burn at temperatures around 2,000 degrees - which is hot enough to melt some metals.
- While cooking large meals typical of Christmas and Thanksgiving, be sure to move all hot foods and liquids away from the edges of counters or place them on the back burners with their handles facing away from the edge to keep those little grabbing hands from getting burned.
- Keep lit candles away from real or synthetic trees during the holidays. Candles can easily be knocked over and catch things on fire.
- Talk to your children about the dangers of fireworks. Educate and actively supervise them if they are near or handling any type of firework.
- Crouch down to get to your child's perspective and remove any small items such as toys, medicine, and clips that can be easily grabbed and swallowed to eliminate any chocking hazards.
To learn more about seasonal safety, read out literature below:
Preventing Injuries to Children by Toys (PDF, 43 KB)
Toy Safety Fact Sheet (PDF, 621 KB)
Holiday Safety (PDF, 838 KB)
Halloween Safety (PDF, 176 KB)