Safety Matters for Holiday Visits with Kids

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In the wake of CPSC's largest crib recall in this nation’s history last month, and infant car seat recall on Friday, it’s more important than ever to provide a helpful heads-up to those holiday hosts not quite as familiar with home and traveling hazards for kids. Chicago child safety experts, Safety Matters, says holiday visits don't need to be an accident waiting to happen. Keep kids safe with these helpful tips.

With a simple checklist of safety guidelines, visits can be safe as well as fun.

Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go… Many grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends are dusting off old cribs, high chairs and toys in anticipation of little ones’ holiday visits. However, in the wake of Consumer Products Safety Commission's largest crib recall in history last month as well as its recent infant car seat recall last week, Chicago child safety experts, Safety Matters , says it's more important than ever to provide a helpful heads-up to those holiday hosts not quite as familiar with home and traveling hazards for kids.

According to a recent international study by RoSPA, the most likely times and places for accidents to occur identifies holiday visits as rife with potential for mishap. “Even the most well-intentioned host can make a simple mistake which might put kids unnecessarily in danger,” says Larry Stone, owner and president of Safety Matters Childproofing Services http://www.safetymatters.com in Deerfield, Ill., and a founding member of the International Association for Child Safety. “With a simple checklist of safety guidelines, visits can be safe as well as fun.”

Stone has a top 10 list of holiday hazards and simple solutions to share with parents and grandparents alike, including:

  • Pack up the Poinsettias – Many holiday plants are poisonous so they should be up and away from little hands and pets
  • Remove the Wrap – If burned in your fireplace, wrapping paper can produce toxic fumes
  • Order the Ornaments – Place fragile, sharp-edged or edible ornaments/decorations toward the top of the tree or out of reach of little children

Safety Matters provides a free in-home safety evaluation, as well as an opportunity for relatives to Give the Gift of Safety by purchasing gift certificates for Safety Matters services as well, at http://www.safetymatters.com, For the complete top 10 list, log onto http://www.safetymatters.com/contact.cfm and enter your request in the comments box.

Safety Matters has provided home safety solutions for more than 15,000 families in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for over 20 years. Owner and president, Larry Stone is also the author of a well-renowned book on Child Safety, “The Safe and Sound Child” and a founding member of the International Association for Child Safety and Safe Kids. For more information on Deerfield, Ill.-based Safety Matters, log on to http://www.safetymatters.com, or call 773-281-BABY (2229).

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