Test your smoke alarms today.

The holidays are a good time to test your smoke alarm and change the batteries.

Common items can be bathroom dangers

Keep items like mouthwash, toothpaste and other kid hazard items away. Plungers can make a fun (if not disgusting) play toy to a toddler; don’t leave one by the toilet.

Choking hazards

Be on constant guard for small toys and objects that can be choking hazards, batteries, coins, marbles, and pieces of toys from older siblings.

Pool safety tip

Always enclose pools, ponds or hot tubs and put a safety fence between any water source and the house.

Hot drink safety tip

Drink hot beverages out of spill-proof and unbreakable travel mugs to avoid burns.

choking hazard at age 2+

Many people assume if their 2 year old has teeth, they can’t choke on a grape, but don’t choke due to a lack of chewing ability but rather if they are not securely and can get distracted.

Bathroom safety tip

Avoid expensive plumber calls, keep the toilet lid down and locked when not in use.

Learn child first aid and CPR

Learn child first aid and CPR. Be prepared. Know how to call for help, including poison control. The national toll-free line for poison control is 1-800-222-1222.

Practice kid safety in the kitchen

Toddlers gravitate to the kitchen. Practice kid safety in the kitchen by cooking on the back burners and turn pot handles away so they aren’t in reach.

Poison Control hotline

Post the national Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222) and other emergency numbers next to every phone.

Forcing children to eat food they don’t like

Do not force your child to eat a particular food item. Allow your child to choose the food that he wants because this may reduce frustration, in encourage independent thinking.

Chemical safety tip

Chemical safety tip: purchase cleaners, household chemicals & other potentially hazardous products with child resistant packaging.

Mattress warnings

Use a snug fitting mattress in a crib. You shouldn’t be able to fit more than 2 fingers between edge of mattress and crib.

Table safety tip

Do not place hot fluids on tablecloths in case the child pulls on the tablecloth.

Fireworks and toddlers don’t mix

Young children should not be allowed to play with fireworks under any circumstances.

Sparklers, often mistakenly considered a safe firework for young children, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing. The sparks that are emitted can easily cause burns to hands and exposed skin. Young children cannot understand the danger involved and often will not act appropriately in case of an emergency.

Hard Candy Hazard

Do not offer hard candy, nuts or popcorn to children under age four.  Cut grapes, hot dogs, carrots and such into small pieces to avoid choking.

Safety Tip

Encourage your toddler not to put pencils or crayons in his mouth when coloring or drawing.

Watch for Cars on Halloween

Statistically, Halloween is the most dangerous day for kids. In fact, kids are 4X as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween other nights.
From: iVillage.com

Inspecting Halloween Candy

Talk with your children about eating candy before they get home.  You should inspect the candy before they eat it.
From: TheFamilyCorner.com

Common Poisons

The most commmon poisons for small children are Cosmetics, Cleaning Substances, Pain Medicine, Coins, Thermometers, Plants, Diaper Care products, Cough/Cold Medicines, Pesticides and Vitamins.