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10 Holiday Party Safety Tips
- BE CAREFUL OF OTHER HOMES you may be visiting because they may not be childproofed and your child may have access to a wide range of hazards.
- CLEAN UP PROMPTLY after a holiday party so that children don’t have an opportunity to ingest food or alcohol left over by your guests.
- KEEP HOT FOOD AND DRINKS AT A SAFE DISTANCE from children who may try to touch them if they are too close to the perimeter of a table, tablecloth or counter.
- CHECK FOR SMALL PARTS that are part of toys or decorations. If it fits in an empty toilet paper roll, consider it a choking hazard for young children.
- STORE CANDY SAFELY away from babies and toddlers since it might be a choking hazard.
- USE BATTERY OPERATED LIGHTS VS. CANDLES and be particularly cautious of “button” or coin-sized batteries that might be used in these products and can cause serious injuries if swallowed (select models that are secured with screws).
- TURN OFF ALL HOLIDAY LIGHTS when going to bed or leaving the house to avoid fire risk.
- AVOID PLACING BREAKABLE OR HOLIDAY DECORATIONS where a child can reach them and become injured. Protect children from sharp surfaces or choking hazards.
- COOK ON THE BACK BURNERS and keep pot handles turned away from the front of the stove.
- SECURE APPLIANCE CORDS so they do not hang over the side of counters where a child can grab hold of them. With busy holiday cooking, keep children out of the kitchen and consider the use of baby gates.