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!