HOW TO CHILDPROOF FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The magic of the holidays is often found in the eyes of children so we want them to be healthy, happy, and safe during this time of year. With decorations and lights all around, it can all be very tempting for the kids. Keeping them safe is so important and it is easy to do!
1. ELECTRICAL OUTLETS & CORDS
Electrical cords can pose a danger to our little ones and during the holidays you may find yourself using more cords than usual. The cords can be pulled on and chewed on. If they are connected to appliances or furniture, they can also be dangerous if they are pulled on and fall off. You want to be sure they are all secured and out of reach.
Electrical outlets are another danger. Make sure all of your outlets have outlet covers. I recommend covering all of the outlets, not just the ones in the area you think the kids will be in. Kids are so curious! If you’re hosting a gathering with a lot of people, it’s easy for kids to wander into areas you might not have expected.
2. WINDOW COVERINGS
As the holidays get closer, you also want to make sure to check your window coverings. Dangling cords can pose a hazard to young children and infants. Corded window coverings are one of the top hidden hazards in our homes according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Replacing your window coverings with cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords for safety. When you’re shopping for window coverings, cordless options are easy to identify. Look for the Best for Kids™ certification label. Best for Kids products are currently available at all major retailers across the country.
3. ORNAMENTS & DECOR
Whether decorating the tree or wrapping gifts, we have a lot of items out around the house that probably aren’t out during the rest of the year. The Christmas tree is going to attract the kids and the pets. Making it a safer part of your holiday decor is easy by taking care of a few things.
You can also consider putting up a barrier around the tree to keep children and pets away from it. If you’re worried about there being a tipping risk, consider weighting it down.
Safety can also be an issue when it comes to gift wrapping. Be sure to keep all supplies like scissors and ribbons put away when not in use. Also, consider limiting the number of bows and ribbons that you use. They can be easily removed by small hands and put into mouths.
4. HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING, COOKING, & FOOD
If you’re entertaining, be aware of all of the menu items you are planning. Some of them can be hazards for young children.
Be sure bowls of small candies and nuts are out of reach of younger guests. They are a choking hazard.
Some adult drinks can look a lot like ones the kids enjoy. Keep spiked eggnog and punch out of the reach of children.
When you’re cooking in the kitchen, be sure to turn all the handles of pots and pans in to keep it a safer place.
5. NEW TOYS & BATTERIES
Not everyone who gives a child a gift understands exactly what is age-appropriate. So be sure to check any gifts your child receives to make sure they are okay for them to play with. You want to avoid toys where the batteries can be easily pulled out or that have small pieces that are removable.
The holiday season is a magical time when children are involved. Don’t let getting prepared for them feel overwhelming. Childproof your home one step at a time and you will be ready to celebrate with your kids or your littlest guests!
For more tips for childproofing and window cord safety, visit the Window Covering Safety Council website.