The holidays were made for grandparents – you reap all the reward this time of year, don’t you, you old spoiler! Spoil them rotten, be the big hero, feed them all sorts of goodies and then send them home with your adult children – what isn’t to love about this time of year? Make sure you and your grandbabies are safe, this holiday, by remembering these tips:
- Decorate your tree thinking about little children and glass breaking
- Water your tree regularly
- Check every wire as you hang lights for frayed wires or loose sockets
- Blow out all candles (hide the matches out of sight and out of reach)
- Keep harmful and poisonous plants out of reach
- Read all toy labels and consider age suggestions for toys that you purchase (for choking hazards, specifically)
- Hide all batteries (especially the button batteries for hearing aides or small toys)
- If you are purchasing any ride-on toys or bicycles this year, don’t forget helmets
- Teach your older children how to cook – safely – this year. This gift will keep on keeping them safe, after they return home
- Check your car seat before holiday travel (do this at the Fire station, here in Williamsburg)
- Use a booster seat – this helps children be able to use the normal safety belt at a safe place on their body (without the booster they are in danger because of the belt’s placement on their neck)
During the holidays, thousands of children are seen for toy-related injuries and injuries from glass ornaments. Be safe and enjoy the holidays with your precious grandchildren.
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