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Parent Survival Guide: Keeping the holidays safe for young kids

Updated: Dec. 7, 2020 at 4:02 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death of children in the U.S.

Lisa Trofe with the Juvenile Products Manufactures Association says with more families spending time at home and with the holiday decorating season, parents should pay extra attention to identifying possible risks and baby proofing.

”It’s important to think bigger than child proofing at the holidays. We really need to think about things like the plants we are bringing in or the table that a little one would pull up on,” Trofe said.

Trofe says plants like mistletoe and holly berries are poisonous. She says the best way to baby-proof is to get down on your own hands and knees to judge things from the same place your baby would.

Trofe says also during the holidays look at how you decorate.

Choose shatterproof ornaments and leave the bottom of the tree for younger kids to decorate.

”Our kids want to help share the holiday spirit and decorate, and we just need to be mindful to the things out in the open for our children to be interacting with. If we see raw wiring, anything broken or worn we don’t want to use those. We want to buy something new,” Trofe said.

When it comes to the kitchen Trofe says create a kid-free zone. Place babies in a high chair outside of the zone where you can see them, and cooking on the back burners of the stove when you can to prevent burns.

When choosing toys, she says the age guidelines should be strictly followed.

”It’s things we need to be mindful of at times of being busy and distracted, and we want to have fun but we just want to make sure we’re following manufacturers’ instructions,” Trofe said. “We want to make sure we are baby proofing and keeping kids in spaces that we know are safe for them, and playing with toys that are for their age and stage of development.”

Trofe says it’s important anytime but especially during Christmas to stay up to date on the latest toy recalls.For more on the latest list of toy recalls head over to www.recalls.gov

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