How to Keep Your Child Safe This Christmas
Don’t get us wrong - Christmas is full of fun. From the tree to the baubles, wrapping presents and cooking yummy treats, we can’t get enough. But with all that extra fun that December brings, also brings a brand new set of health hazards for your children.
No, we’re not trying to be a scrooge, but for any parent, particularly those with young children, it’s more important than ever to keep your child safe and sound during the festive period.
Here at Nannies Matter, we know that keeping a child safe is always the number one priority, which is why we’ve put together this handy guide to new potential hazards that Christmas can bring.
1. Christmas Tree
The risk: Tripping and falling hazard
The fix: O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, whilst thy branches are lovely, they bring a whole new set of hazards to your home. To avoid any potential dangers, ensure your Christmas tree is secured into place either with a very sturdy stand or tied to the wall to avoid it from falling and be sure to keep the tree in the corner and away from any common walkway areas.
2. Fairylights and Wires
The risk: Tripping and electrocution
The fix: Whilst 100’s of lights adorning your house this festive season may look great, they offer a whole host of possible tripping and electrocution hazards to your children.Keep fairy lights and other lighting fixtures well out of arm's reach from your children and be extra careful to ensure they cannot access any plug sockets.
3. Christmas Tree Baubles
The risk: Shattering and choking hazard
The fix: To avoid the risk of a shattered bauble hurting your child, try to avoid purchasing glass-based baubles and invest in ‘shatter-proof’ versions of your favourite decorations. It’s also recommended to keep smaller baubles nearer the top of the tree to avoid your child from playing and choking on the decoration.
The risk: Burns and scalds
The fix: Whilst it’s tempting to light a cinnamon scented candle to get you into the festive spirit, try to limit your usage until after any children have gone to bed. This avoids any risk of your children being left unattended with candles that could potentially cause serious harm.
5. Present Overflow
The risk: tripping
The fix: If you’re running low on space to store presents for friends and family, be sure to leave them in a place where your child cannot trip over them such as a wardrobe or underneath a bed.
The risk: poisoning
The fix: Mistletoe is always a fun way to add a little romance to the festive season, but this can be poisonous to pets and small children if ingested. To avoid any risk, opt for a fake version that you can use year after year.
7. Leftover Food
The risk: food poisoning
The fix: We all know that Christmas is all about the food, but when the fridge is bursting, it can be hard to keep an eye on what is in date and what isn’t, particularly when it comes to the leftovers. Be sure to only reheat meat once and keep an eye on any produce that is out of date.
8. Hot Drinks and Food
The risk: Burns and scalds
The fix: Making the Christmas dinner can be hectic and you don’t have enough arms and eyes to keep the Turkey from going dry, never mind keeping an eye on your children. Avoid any injuries on Christmas day by asking your family to keep an eye on the young ones and to stop them from entering the kitchen.
9. Christmas Crackers
The risk: A mild explosive
The fix: Christmas crackers are great fun, no matter what age you are, but it’s important to remember that they do contain a mild explosive. Teach your children to hold a cracker at arm's length and to always be sensible when using them.
10. Scissors and String
The risk: Unattended sharp object
The fix: When wrapping presents for loved ones, never leave your child unattended with the materials you’re using such as string and scissors. To avoid your child accessing such materials, wrap your presents away from your children or be sure to take the scissors with you when you leave the room.