Family meals, holiday parties, a glowing fireplace and halls decked with glitter and greenery — there’s no place like home for the holidays. Seasonal preparations often overlook important safety measures, however, and that can lead to unwanted home hazards, especially in households with small children.
Did you know that someone calls a U.S. poison control center about every 12 seconds? Every year poison control centers help over a million parents and caregivers when kids get into things that could harm them, like medicines, cleaning chemicals, even the mushrooms growing in the backyard.
Safety measures such as car seats, child-resistant medication bottles, life jackets and helmets are increasingly part of our culture, widely recognized as effective ways to prevent injury and save children’s lives.
Poisoning is the number one cause of injury death in the United States, and the number of children who die from each year has more than doubled since 1999. Here are some tips from Poison Control on keeping your kids safe.