The holiday season is here. Although it is a time to celebrate with family and friends, it can be a dangerous time with increased injury from unsafe toys and celebrations.
It is important to choose toys and gifts that are age appropriate. Avoid toys with sharp objects or edges, darts, pellet guns and other firearms as gifts. Also avoid toys that can be a choking hazard for children under the age of three. A good rule to follow is, if an item can fit through an empty toilet paper roll, avoid it for young children. If you are gifting sports equipment, be sure to include appropriate protective gear, for example a helmet, facemask, or goggles.
When decorating a Christmas tree, remember that tree branches can be harmful to eyes; be careful handling branches. It is important to also keep decorations safe; hang ornaments higher up where children cannot reach them.
Ringing in the New Year can include celebrating with fireworks, but leave firework displays to the professionals. Never let children play with fireworks or sparklers. Let’s not forget about the champagne! When opening a bottle, make sure you cover the cork with a towel and point it in a direction away from where anyone is standing.