The holiday season is a time of joy and excitement for children, but it can also pose dangers for them. You can ensure that a child’s holiday season remains merry and bright with some education and proactive measures.
The holiday season is a time of joy and excitement for children, but it can also pose dangers for them. Potential hazards — kitchen appliances, candles, and festive decorations — may cause injury to curious children. You can ensure that a child’s holiday season remains merry and bright with some education and proactive measures. Likewise, you can make your home a safe place for the children of your visiting friends and family.
Be on the lookout for, and educate children about, these potential dangers:
Fires are common occurrences year round that can lead to devastating damage, but fires are especially common during the holidays.
The holidays can be a hectic time filled with trips to the store for presents and ingredients for your staple dish. Traffic increases in many areas during this time of year, which may lead to more accidents.
Poisoning is a year-round concern, but the holidays present an increased risk of poisoning for little ones.
As a general rule: if an object can fit in a child’s mouth, it’s too small for him or her to play with. Some common choking hazards include:
Burns can happen in a matter of seconds and range from an uncomfortable blister to serious damage to tissue.
Many of these potential accidents may require medical attention, which can be tricky during the holidays when many health care providers are open limited hours. Luckily, Patient First centers are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day – including holidays. For those who are traveling, Patient First operates centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
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