3 Ways to Keep Your Little Ones Safe This Holiday Season
News Most unintentional injuries involving children ages 1-14 occur at home. Since you’ll be home for the holidays this year, why not give the gift of safety?
One of the greatest gifts you can give during the holiday season will not be wrapped in fanciful paper and tied with a colorful bow. Nor is it likely to be confused with a Shopkins Fashion Boutique Playset or a Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid.
Playing it safe
The gift to give your children this year is a renewed commitment to safety in your home. And while it is a joyful time of the year with those we love, the holidays bring hidden risks.
A statistical report tells us the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 14 is unintentional injuries. Most incidents occur at home. No doubt, you have spent hours decorating your home for the holidays, twice as much time tracking down those hard-to-find toys and neatly packaging them to place under your tree. Now is the time to stop and ask those difficult safety questions.
1. Banish batteries
Do any of those toys contain coin lithium batteries, also called button batteries? These little silver colored batteries power everything from toys and electronics to watches and musical greeting cards—and they can be lethal.
In 2010, the little boy from Phoenix removed a button battery from a DVD player remote control device and swallowed it. After countless surgeries, Emmett survived but, according to the CDC, 14 deaths involving children ranging in age, from 7 months to 3 years, were recorded between 1995 and 2010, all from ingestion of button batteries.
2. Fire safety
Think about those lights you have used to make your house glow even brighter than that magical smile affixed to every toddler’s face on Christmas morning. Have you checked to be sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets? Make sure your smoke detectors are working and that your family has practiced a fire escape plan.
"The leading cause of death among children ages 1 to14 is unintentional injuries—and most incidents occur at home."
MedicineNet reports 1,300 people are treated each year in emergency departments for injuries related to holiday lights.
When spending time with friends and loved ones, keep purses, bags, suitcases or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight of children. Keep medicines and vitamins in original child-resistant containers. Other containers often lack safety features and can be easily opened by young children. The CDC says two children die every day as a result of being poisoned.
As the frenetic holiday season begins, make sure safety stays at the top of your list. After all, a safe home truly is the gift that keeps on giving.