With the holidays upon us, it is important to consider the safety of yourself and your family. You don’t want anyone to end up injured or making a mad dash to the ER. By following these safety tips, you and your family should have a merry and bright holiday season.
Make sure your children and you are safely fastened into seatbelts. It doesn’t matter if you are driving all the way to grandmother’s house 100 miles down the road or around the block to your neighbor’s house. Everyone needs to be safely fastened into their car seat, booster seat, or safety harness. In addition, take a moment to make sure that you have installed all devices correctly in your car.
Shopping Safety: Children and other pedestrians can be distracted while shopping, so you need to pay extra attention to people in parking lots or crossing the streets when you are out and about. As a result, you need to pay attention to the road and not be distracted by your GPS, phone, or other passengers inside your vehicle.
During the holidays, some people will decorate their home with beautiful plants. However, some of these plants can be harmful to your children or pets. Be sure that you keep poisonous plants out of the reach of your children. Some of those plants include mistletoe berries, holly berry, and Jerusalem Cherries.
If you decorate for the holidays, be sure to keep your home safe. Don’t’ leave Christmas lights on when you leave or go to sleep. Candles should not be left unattended. When hanging your lights, don’t use staples, nails, or screws to hang the lights as you might snip through the wires and cause an electrical fire.
Fireplaces and Lighters Safety
Keep lighters out of the reach of children. Even with safety devices, your child could figure out how to operate one and cause a fire. Regarding fireplaces, be sure that your children are safe from burns.
Children love to help during the holidays. Be sure that they are safe from spills and burning by keeping the handles of pots turned inward and on the back burners. It is also important to teach your children how to cook and to do so safely.
Once your children have opened their new toys, pay attention to whether all their goodies were age appropriate and if some need to be put up for another time. Not all toys are going to be safe.
To continue with the toys that your children have received for the holidays, keep loose batteries away from your children. Especially, those button batteries that are found in toy cars, guns, and other electronic toys. Swallowed batteries will end in a trip to the ER and can cause serious health issues for your child.
When traveling for the holidays, it is important to remember that not everyone is full of holiday cheer. Some people are looking to make an easy buck and are readily willing to steal your stuff. Don’t leave your vehicle running while unattended to keep it from being stolen. Even when your vehicle is sitting in your driveway.
As the temperatures get colder there are increased chances of driving in icy or snowy conditions. To stay safe, you need to have an emergency kit stored in your vehicle. Keep a storage container full of extra water, food, water-resistant poncho, flares, first aid kit, cat litter, shovel, battery-powered radio, and matches are a good place to start.
Take time to consider your surroundings. It is easy to get distracted by the holidays and all the hustle and bustle. Make sure your holidays stay merry and bright by keeping everyone safe from injury.