Although we probably won’t be traveling over the river and through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh to see our families this holiday season, coming home for the holidays is exciting. Before you pack up the car and bundle up the kids– or whatever else is on your list before you go – here are five quick tips to help you and your family stay safe for the holiday.
•In the car: Colder weather means lots of layers of clothing. But remember, bulky winter clothes and coats can keep a car seat from doing its job. Instead, cover your child with a thick blanket to stay warm after you’ve securely strapped him or her into the car seat.
•In the kitchen: During the holidays, things are guaranteed to get a little busy. To help keep hot food out of the reach of little hands, be sure that pot handles and other dishes aren’t close to the edge of the counter or table where they could be pulled down by curious kids.
•Around the house. Always use the proper step ladder; don’t stand on chairs or other furniture. Make sure paths are clear so no one trips on wrapping paper, decorations, or toys,
•Wherever the medicine is stored: Kids get into medication in all sorts of places, like in purses and nightstands. In fact, in 67 percent of medicine-related ER visits, the medicine was within reach of a child, such as in a purse, left on a counter or dresser, or found on the ground. A good rule of thumb: “Up, up and away.” Keep medications out of reach and out of sight.
•In the room where you sleep: For many of us, holiday travel means we’ll be spending the night away from home. While you might be fine sleeping on the couch or an air mattress, make sure your baby always sleeps in a safe crib, bassinet or pack-n-play.
Have a Safe Holiday Season!