December 7 | 2016

Holiday Safety Tips

 

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  • Remember that the homes you visit may not be childproofed. Keep an eye out for danger spots like unlocked cabinets, unattended purses, accessible cleaning or laundry products, stairways, or hot radiators.
  • Keep a list with all of the important phone numbers you or a babysitter are likely to need in case of an emergency. Include the police and fire department, your pediatrician and the National Poison Help Line. Laminating the list will prevent it from being torn or damaged by accidental spills.
  • Prepare your car for the winter by checking items, such as the brakes, spark plugs, battery, and tires. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval for a tune-up.
  • Be prepared for emergency situations on the road by having a winter “survival kit” in the vehicle, including items such as a working flashlight, extra batteries, reflective triangles, compass, first aid kit, exterior windshield cleaner, ice scraper, snow brush, wooden stick matches in a waterproof container, and non-perishable, high-energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy.
  • Always make sure that your child rides in an appropriate car safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt. In cold weather, children in car safety seats should wear thin layers with a blanket over the top of the harness straps if needed, not a thick coat or snowsuit. See www.healthychildren.org/carseatguide for more information.
  • Adults should buckle up too and drivers should never be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Use ladders with slip-resistant feet and wear clean, dry and slip-resistant shoes when climbing a ladder.
  • When using ladders outdoors, get down immediately if high winds, rain, snow or other inclement weather begins. Winds can blow you off the ladder and rain or snow can make both the rungs and the ground slippery.

 

Source: www.nsc.org

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