It's that time of year again when we take time out of our busy schedules to enjoy the company of family and friends, cover our homes with colorful decorations and get to listen to squeals of excitement as our children open their birghtly-wrapped presents. To ensure your kids have a fun and safe holiday season here are a few tips to remember.
In 2012, 3,270 children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency rooms for injuries caused by nonelectric holiday decorations, such as broken ornaments. In 2011 close to 193,200 children were treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury. There were also 136,314 children that were injured due to a fire or burn that same year.
- Living trees smell great and look beautiful, however their needles can dry out quickly becoming a fire hazard if they are not watered regularly. Make sure your living tree has a constant supply of water by monitoring it on a regular basis.
- Keep holiday candles a minimum of 12 inches away from any flammable object. Also make sure to never leave a burning candle unattended, blow them out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep.
- Take into consideration your child's age when purchasing a game or toy this holiday season. Take the time to read the instructions and make sure the gift is just right.
- Keep a look out for small pieces including button batteries that may be choking hazards for small children.