Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) December 28, 2013
As any parent, grandparent or relative knows, children love the holidays. The holidays are a great time to celebrate children, but according to the home safety and security professionals at AlarmSystemReport.com, it’s important to remember that the holiday season is full of potential safety risks for children.
AlarmSystemReport.com, a site that reviews the country’s top alarm systems, including a newly updated Vivint review, has created a list of holiday safety tips specifically for homes with children present.
1. When decorating a Christmas tree, keep children in mind. Avoid using breakable ornaments that children could break and then choke or cut themselves on. Any ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks should be moved to the upper layers of the tree, out of reach of children.
2. Before putting any Christmas lights on a tree or anywhere else, check for signs of wear or damage. Damaged lights can be an electrocution risk to children.
3. Be careful when purchasing toys for children, and in particular, very young children. Anything that is small enough to fit in a child’s mouth is considered a choking hazard.
4. Pieces such as batteries and button batteries are often present in children’s toys and can be deadly for young children. These aren’t only present in children’s toys, they can also be found in electronics which are commonly gifts for older children and adults. If one of these is suspected to have been swallowed by a child, it’s important to contact a medical professional immediately.
5. Keep decorative items like strings and ribbons away from young children. This is a strangulation hazard and should never be given to children or babies.
6. Many holiday plants are not only poisonous to pets, but also children. These include poinsettias, lilies, and mistletoe. Keep these holiday-themed plants out of the reach of children at all times. Indicators that a child may have ingested something toxic include vomiting, diarrhea and rashes.
7. Never leave leftover food or beverages out after a holiday party or gathering. Children could ingest these items quickly, leading to sickness or other health problems.
8. Ensure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors have new and working batteries. These are two of the most important components of wireless home alarm systems, particularly during the holiday season.
9. Typically the holidays mean there’s lots of cooking happening, so take precautions to prevent burns and injuries from occurring to young children. Keep pot handles turned inward toward the stove and never leave the oven door open for any period of time.
10. Be cautious of candles. Many people like to light candles for the holidays, but it only takes a second for a child to burn themselves or turn them over, so always be aware of any burning candles.
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