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.

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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.

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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.

Also, learn child first aid and CPR. We hope you will never have to use these skills. But if you do, the life you save could be your child’s.

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Poison Control hotline

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

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Forcing children to eat food they don’t like

Do not force your child to eat a particular food item.

This is not at all effective in reinforcing healthy habits. You can always offer the food at a later time. Allow your child to choose the food that he wants because this may reduce frustration. It will also allow your child to think independently.

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Chemical safety tip

Purchase cleaners, household chemicals, medications and other potentially hazardous products with child resistant packaging.

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Mattress warnings

Use a safe crib with a snug fitting mattress that cannot get pulled away from the corners. You should not be able to fit more than two fingers between the edge of the mattress and the crib.

From: ParentingToddlers.com

Table safety tip

Do not place hot fluids on tablecloths in case the child pulls on the tablecloth.
From: ParentingToddlers.com

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.
From: WCCIP.org

Test your smoke alarms today.

The holidays are a good time to test your smoke alarm and change the batteries.
From: Lil’ Fingers

Inspecting Halloween Candy

Talk with your children about eating candy before they get home.  You should inspect the candy before they eat it. If you are not going out trick or treating with your child, buy them some of their favorite candy to eat along the way.
From: TheFamilyCorner.com

Watch for Cars on Halloween

Statistically, Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for children to walk. In fact, kids are four times as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other night of the year.
From: iVillage.com

Safety Tip

Encourage your toddler not to put pencils or crayons in his mouth when coloring or drawing.
From: CDC: Child Development

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.
From: OurChildrensWellness.net