Safety Tips for the Holidays

Dec 04, 2017

There are a few tips to remember to help children stay safe during the holiday time of the year. Children can end up being seen in the emergency room due to picking up broken ornaments. Move ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks towards the top of tree or out of reach for a young child. Pieces of ornaments could be swallowed or inhaled. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food, so a child will not be intrigued to eat them. Avoid decorations that are sharp. If you have a natural tree, make sure it is watered regularly because needles can dry out and pose a potential fire hazard. Check each old and new set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires or loose connections. Discard damaged sets of lights. Place trees out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Keep plants that might be dangerous out of reach of young children. Poisonous plants include mistletoe berries, holly berry, and Jerusalem cherry. In a poison emergency, call the national Poison Control Center at: 1-800-222-1222. Keep button batteries away from young children as they can be a dangerous choking hazard.

Remind parents to check their car seats before travel during the holiday season. Car seats need to be checked to ensure they are installed correctly. Make sure you are not distracted while driving; and commit to keeping your phone down. No text is worth being in a car accident. Buckle up every ride and every time. All riders in a car need their own seat belt or car seat.

922 KAR 2:120. Section 12. Transportation. (7) The appropriate car safety seat meeting federal and state motor vehicle safety standards in 49 C.F.R. 571.213 and KRS 189.125 shall be used for each child. Any child 40 inches in height or less must ride properly restrained in a federally approved child restraint. Every child between 40- 50 inches tall and less than seven years of age must be in a booster seat with a lap/shoulder belt. (If you do not have lap/shoulder belts in your vehicle DO NOT use a booster.) Everyone over age seven must be using the vehicle’s seat belt.

 

For a holiday safety tip sheet, visit: www.safekids.org. You may contact CCHC for child care safety information. CCHC will be happy to help you find holiday safety and car seat safety information. Please visit the CCHC website at: www.kentuckycchc.org

Article posted in the December 2017 ECE-Insider, a publication of the Kentucky Division of Child Care.