Kid's safety doesn't take a holiday. But, you might be a little busy this month, so here are some simple safety tips from our friends at Arkansas Children’s Injury Prevention Center. They are the experts when it comes to keeping your family out of harm’s way.
Top Five Holiday Safety Tips
Here are holiday safety tips that even Santa agrees with:
- Small items can be unsafe for young children. Think about the mouth of a milk jug- and how big it is. If the toy has parts that can fit through that, there's a good chance a child can choke on them.
- Be careful with button batteries found in toys. If swallowed, they can become lodged in the esophagus and cause serious injury or sometimes, death. If you suspect your child has swallowed a button battery, go to the nearest ER immediately.
- Ready to roll? If you’re planning on getting your child anything with wheels (bicycle, skateboard or scooter) this holiday season, be sure to pair that gift with a helmet to keep them safe while they’re rollin’.
- If you have family or other guests visiting this holiday season, make sure they have their medications put away where a curious child can't get into them and mistake them for candy. Remember: over the counter medications are just as dangerous as prescription drugs!
- Check your car seat before holiday travel. If you have questions or concerns about how to install your car seat or if there’s another issue, call the Injury Prevention Center to set up an appointment with one of their certified child passenger safety technicians at 501-364-3400.
Visit the Injury Prevention Center to learn more safety tips from the experts at Arkansas Children's.