Toys, treats and lights can all add to the joy of the holiday season—if
they're used safely.
American Academy of Pediatrics offers these holiday safety tips:
Choose toys carefully. Make sure the toys you buy for your kids are age-appropriate. Check that
all toys and parts are larger than your child's mouth to prevent choking.
Children younger than 8 can choke on uninflated or broken balloons. Babies
can be strangled by strings that are more than a foot long.
Cook with care. Handle all holiday foods safely to prevent foodborne illness. Cook meats
and poultry fully, and wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Separate
raw and cooked foods, and use different utensils to handle them. Wash
your hands often. Don't leave foods that need to be refrigerated out
for more than two hours.
Be fire safe. Put smoke detectors on every level of your house and outside bedrooms.
Test them regularly. Replace frayed electric cords, and don't run
cords under carpets. Use your fireplace only when you're home and
awake. Use a sturdy fireplace screen to hold in sparks that could ignite
carpets, upholstery or curtains.
Party smart. If you take your kids to a party, remember the hosts' house may not
be childproof. Keep an eye out for hazards. If you leave the kids with
a babysitter, make sure the babysitter knows how to reach you, the police
and fire departments, your pediatrician, and the poison control center.
If you host a party, clean up before you go to bed. Your child could wake
up before you do and choke on leftover food.