Silver Cross Offers Tips to Celebrate the Holidays Safely
Injuries can happen anywhere, and unfortunately, many occur during the happiest season of all – the holidays!
In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency departments treated more than 166,000 toy-related injuries in the U.S. to children younger than 15, with most associated with riding toys and choking on small parts, like small balls and balloons.
“The last thing any child or parent wants is to end up in the emergency room hurt and unable to celebrate the holidays,” says Daniel Checco, D.O., Medical Director of the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center located at 143rd St. and Bell Rd in Homer Glen.
The challenge for parents is to find toys that children will enjoy and that are known to be safe.
Dr. Checco recommends parents follow these simple guidelines to help keep the holiday season safe for your youngsters:
“Parents should practice a common sense approach when purchasing age-appropriate toys for their children,” said Dr. Checco. “By simply explaining and demonstrating how to use the toys and keeping toys for older children away from younger ones, many accidents can be avoided.”
Other tips to avoid holiday mishaps
- Discard packaging immediately. Sharp staples and plastic bags can cause injuries and pose safety hazards.
- Make sure children play in safe areas and, if appropriate, under supervision.
- Make a list of safety rules and share them with your children. If your youngsters are playing with friends, remind everyone of your safety rules.
- Never leave food unattended on the stove or in the oven.
- Keep children away from the cooking area, and keep flammable items like potholders and paper or plastic bags away from the stove and oven.
- Make sure your live tree has plenty of water.
- Place burning candles in sight, away from flammable items.
- Throw out light sets with broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections.