Those of us with small children know that a certain amount of childproofing is necessary in the home. But as we near the holiday season, we tent to travel a bit more than usual. It is important to be aware of what may need to be done to your home and as you travel to keep your child safe.
- Electrical sockets should be covered when not it use.
- Extension cords should be kept our of your child’s path and hidden from site.
- Blinds and window treatment cords should be snipped-they post a strangulation hazard
- Sharp edges should be covered.
- Breakable items should be placed our of baby’s reach.
- Secure furniture to avoid tipping.
- Stairways should be double gated-top and bottom.
- Latch cabinets and drawers.
- Ornaments should be shatter proof and, preferably, kept high up on the tree where little hands can’t reach.
- People like to leave little dishes of candy sitting around during holiday visits. Keep them up high or ask the host to abstain from this.
- Ask Guests and Hosts to please close doors to rooms that pose a risk to your child or their valuables.
- Gates should be placed anywhere a door cannot be closed and on all stairs. Obviously, many people aren’t going to install gates just for your visit, but you can at bring along a pressure gate. It’s not the same as an installed gate, but it will stall your child.
- Lights should be kept out of reach. High up on the tree are best.
- Tinsel is a choking hazard.
- Open flames are common at dinner tables and holiday celebrations. Coach your child to stay back from them and remind hosts that they need to be avoided or kept up high.
- Fireplaces should have a secure gate (and a barrier if possible) in front of them.
- Artificial trees should be fire resistant and fresh trees need to be watered to avoid drying and becoming a fire hazard.
- Many plants can be harmful or poisonous. Be sure that they are not where your child can get to them and that they do not shed berries or leaves.
- If your host has a pool, please be sure that necessary precautions are taken.
- be mindful of medications. You know to have them secured in your home, but it’s common practice in homes without children to leave them visible. Ask your guests and hosts to put medication in a secure location.
- Grandparents like to provide cribs and play yards for grandchildren. Be sure that they follow current safety guidelines.
- Do your hosts have weapons such as guns that are easily accessible? Have them locked up or removed before you arrive.
The holidays are fun and exciting for you and your children. Don’t let potential dangers ruin the festivities!
If you have any additional tips, please feel free to add to the list! We want our little ones safe!
Jen is a 20-something wife and mother of two under three living in Chester County. She and her husband were born and raised in the Philadelphia area, and with the exception of attending and graduating from Shippensburg University, they have no intentions of leaving. Jen spends her days working in an office and trying to find ways to spend more time at home with her family. To get more tips on running a balanced household, visit Jen at mamaZEN, Twitter and Facebook.