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Let’s face it. The holiday season is a time of joy, celebrations and family gatherings, but it can also be very stressful. It is a busy time for us parents with many distractions, long to-do lists and changes in routine.
In order to fully enjoy the season, it is important to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy. This should be our priority regardless of the beautiful chaos going on around us.
I’ve partnered with MagnaLatch ALERT, a child safety gate latch system, to bring you these 5 handy holiday safety tips that will help everyone in the family, especially the little ones, enjoy a safe holiday season. This system is not only a must-have for all of us with little kids, but can also make a wonderful gift this holiday season for other families with little ones and even pets!
1. Keep Christmas trees safe
If you have purchased a natural tree make sure to water it regularly in order to minimize fire risk and keep the tree as fresh as possible. Make sure to keep the stand filled with water at all times and check water levels daily.
If you have an artificial tree, double check the label and make sure it specifies “Fire Resistant”.
Also, make sure to turn off the tree’s lights before going to bed or leaving the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
2. Avoid ornaments and decorations that may pose a health hazard
Avoid sharp or breakable decorations and keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children, who could swallow or inhale small pieces.
When it comes to plants, yes, we love them, but remember to keep potentially poisonous holiday plant decorations, including mistletoe berries, Jerusalem cherry, and holly berry, away from children.
If you love holiday candles just like me, make sure to keep them in sight at all times and away from Christmas trees, curtains or other decorations that can catch fire. Always blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
3. Keep a close eye on the kids during parties
For Latinos the holiday season is synonymous to party season. We have lots of family gatherings, loud music, plenty of food and lots of dancing. Noche Buena, celebrated on the 24th of December, is a wonderful example of how serious we take our holiday celebrations 🙂
If you are planning on attending a party with your children, remember that the house you may be visiting may not be childproofed so make sure to be aware about potential dangers such as stairways, pools or accessible laundry products. Ask for permission and take a house tour, if you may, before the party gets started and this way you can spot any potential dangers for your little ones.
If you are hosting a party at your home, consider hiring a trained babysitter or designating a family member to look after the children.
One way to make sure the little ones are safe and sound and do not wonder off while everyone is enjoying the party is to install safety gate latches around your house. Consider a safety gate latch such as MagnaLatch ALERT, which includes both visual and audible alarms to keep children safe at all times. It is ideal for all child safety or pool applications as well as pet security and general-purpose gates around the home and garden.
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4. Have an emergency plan
Having an emergency plan at hand is as important as taking all of the right precautions. Make sure to have one and to practice it regularly.
Keep a list with all of the important phone numbers you or a babysitter is likely going to need in case of an emergency. Include the police and fire department, your pediatrician and the national Poison Help Line, 1-800-222-1222.
5. Handle food safely
Keep these 3 steps in mind: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.
Illness-causing bacteria can grow in many foods within two hours unless you refrigerate them so no matter how distracted you may be always make sure to pay close attention to the foods you’re preparing.
Keep hot liquids and food away from the edges of counters and tables, where they can be easily knocked over by young children, and make sure to maintain the little ones away from hot ovens at all times.
To be extra safe, you may want to install a safety gate to keep children completely out of the kitchen area. As they say, much better to be safe than sorry.
May you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends! Cheers to all!