The holiday season is upon us, with family get-togethers and lots of excitement. Before you get busy making plans to travel, or perhaps host others at your home, take the time to plan a safe time for everyone this holiday season.
Are you traveling?
Your home is probably child-proof but dont assume that your relatives or friends will be. They might have grown kids, or no kids at all, and dont remember and recognize the dangers to little ones. Plan in advance and ask whether things like kitchen drawers or outlets will be child-proofed, and if toys with small parts belonging to older children will be accessible by your young child. A good idea might be to pack some of your own child-proofing tools and kid-safe toys. If youre staying home, make sure your home is safe for others as well.
Dont forget the medications.
Dont wait until youre packed pulling out of the driveway to be sure you have adequate . Get refills and keep them in the original child-proof containers. Grandmas purse might occupy a little one, but can also be dangerous if it has medications in it that a small child might put in his or her mouth. Put medications away and make sure kids dont have access to purses or bags. In some cases, just one adult-strength medication tablet is a lethal dose for a child.
Lock up poisons and the pool.
Remember that children can climb up and open cabinets and drawers. Whether youre visiting or hosting, make sure little ones do not have access to dangerous chemicals. And while youre at it, lock up the swimming pool. Just because its November and December doesnt entice a child any less to check out the pool. Its a good idea to always know where the kids are.
Keep food safety in check.
Its important to wash your hands regularly and encourage all family members and guests to do the same, especially before and after handling food, as well as after using the restroom. Its important, also, to cook food thoroughly. Make sure hot food is kept hot and cold food is kept cold. Follow the guidelines and dont allow prepared food to sit out too long. Cover and refrigerate or freeze leftovers properly. Also, make sure that if anyone has food allergies or sensitivities that meals are planned with that in mind.
Research emergency medical care.
If youre traveling, do your research and ask beforehand where the nearest urgent medical care is. If something happens, it helps to know where to get care quickly.
Theres a lot going on during the holidays. Planning ahead can help keep the stress out of the holidays, and also keep your family or guests out of the doctors office.