In 2012, over 3,000 children under the age of 19 were seen in emergency rooms for injuries caused by nonelectric holiday decorations. Additionally, close to 200,000 children were treated in the emergency room for toy-related injuries. About 130,000 children are injured due to a fire or burn annually as well. While this time of year is perfect for enjoying festive meals, decorating our homes for the holidays, and giving thoughtful gifts to our loved ones, we must remember to keep our children safe during the holidays. Safe Kids Jackson County and the Jackson County Department of Public Health offer the following tips to prevent injuries this time of year:
- Keep natural trees watered regularly to prevent them from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
- Keep holiday candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Don’t forget to blow them out when you leave or go to sleep.
- Keep a close eye on small pieces, like button batteries, that may be included in electronic toys. Small pieces can be a choking hazard for small children.
- Simply use the back burner of the stove and turn pot handles away from the edge to prevent burns from holiday foods or liquid spills.
- Place ornaments that are breakable or that have metal hooks near the top of the tree. This makes room at the bottom of the tree for ones that are safer for younger kids.