The holidays always bring an influx of guests, tots in tow of course.
The 13 tips below will help you keep little ones from harm while at your house.
- The first thing you need to do is get on your hands and knees and see what a toddler sees.
#1 Hang breakable objects up high on the tree
#2 Secure your TV to the wall.
#3 Buy child proof locks for drawers and cabinets that are within children’s reach. Look through these cabinets and get rid of anything that’s tempting to a toddler. When children are fist learning to crawl and move around, they will do everything they can to reach the object of their desire.
#4 The cords on window shades and blinds are chocking hazards for young children. Wind up cords and keep them out of reach of children
#5 Children put any and everything they can in their mouths. Put toys through the cardboard roll of a toilet paper. If it passes through, its too small.
#6 Baby gates are indispensable in ensuring kids don’t climb up stairs.
#7 The kitchen can result in life changing injuries for children, keep them away from the kitchen
#8 Never leave a burning candle unattended near a baby. Keep them out of reach of small children.
#9 Sharp edges such as counter tops corners of a coffee table and shelves can pose a danger to children. If your can’t remove the offending item from the room temporarily, cover the edges with foam padding.
#10 Power outlets are curious things to children so get some covers for them
#11 Set your hot water to no higher than 120 degrees. Children love faucets and if they can reach the sink, you bet they’ll play with water.
#12 It may be winter and your pool is covered but this doesn’t mean there is no risk to children. If there is an access door to the swimming pool keep it locked.
#13 Eating any part of mistletoe can result in stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Evidently – absolutely everything that you own is a choking hazard.
Are you expecting company during the holidays? How are you ensuring that everyone stays safe?
First published at safebee.com