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Parents, Families and Child Care

Keep Visit to Grandma and Grandpa Safe!

With the holidays fast approaching, the following information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is something to pay attention to. Those holiday visits are a time for grandparents to spend quality time with family, but we want the children safe. A few reminders in the Grandparents Guide are easy to forget:

  • Put small infants to sleep on their backs in a crib with a firm, flat mattress and no blankets or bumper pads.
  • Don’t give small children toys or other items with small parts–or tie toys around their necks.
  • Always transport a child with a car seat—and never hold a child on your lap!
  • Never leave a child alone for a moment near any water or in the bathtub, even with a bath seat. (And check bath water with your wrist to be sure it is not too hot.)
  • Don’t leave a child unattended on a changing table or with other nursery equipment.
  • Keep window blind and curtain cords out of reach of children.
  • Keep all medicines in containers with safety caps and out of reach of children. (Remove medication from purses as well.)
  • Use safety gates for stairs, safety plugs for electrical outlets and safety latches for drawers and cabinets.
  • Buy toys that are age appropriate.
  • Keep children–and furniture they can climb on–away from windows.
  • At playgrounds, check for protective surfacing under equipment.
  • Be sure children wear helmets when riding bicycles and new scooters.
  • Make sure all smoke detectors work–and keep lighters and matches away from children.

Smart decisions save lives!
–Karen

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