Henry and Stark County Health Department Offering Tips for Safe Holiday Toys and Celebrations


December is National Safe Toys and Celebrations month. With that in mind, the WIC and Case Management staff of the Henry and Stark County Health Department have released several tips for Safe Toys and Safe Celebrations for the holiday season…

If you have a real tree, make sure the tree stand is always filled with water so the tree doesn’t dry out and pose an increased fire hazard. If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it is made from fire-retardant material. Make sure the stand is flat on the ground, and decorate the tree to equally distribute weight.

Do not leave children alone in a room with lighted candles, matches, lighters, fireplaces or any other sources of flame or heat.
Keep decorations out of reach of children and secured to the wall. Any object small enough to fit through a toilet paper tube can obstruct the airway of a child.

Keep mistletoe, holly berries and poinsettias out of reach of children as each is toxic when ingested.
Closely supervise your child if he or she is helping you decorate, especially when handling lighting, ornaments and breakable objects.

Purchase lights with the UL Listed mark which certifies that the product has been tested to meet safety requirements.
Make sure your children’s toys are age-appropriate and the batteries cannot be easily removed. Batteries shaped like disks, or button batteries, pose a choking risk to young children.

Avoid placing gifts under the tree that contain glass, perfume or cologne, poisonous substances or sharp materials.
Keep alcohol out of reach of children. Quickly clean up leftover drinks.

Dress your child properly for the weather, making sure that their hands, feet and heads are covered.
Supervise children and make sure they wear the correct safety gear for sledding, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and other outdoor activities.

Heather Aldred, RN Maternal and Child Health Supervisor states, “It’s important to think about safety even during the holidays. Carefully inspecting your home and taking care of any safety hazards can ensure you and your children have a happy, safe holiday season.”

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