Holiday decorations definitely add to the festive mood, but they often come with some risks. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has offered up recommendations for parents to keep their little ones safe around holiday décor.
For starters, they recommend avoiding or keeping breakable or sharp objects completely out of children’s reach. This also applies to decorations that involve small objects or removable pieces, especially those that look like candies, which may entice children to touch and put in their mouth.
You should also keep in mind that holiday plants like poinsettia, Mistletoe, holly berry, and Jerusalem cherry can be toxic and pose a threat to children.
Other safety precautions recommended by the AAP include:
- Trimming the tree. Always choose nonflammable or flame-resistant decorations. Anyone using tinsel or artificial icicles should make sure the products are made of plastic or non-lead metals.
- Exercising caution with candles. Never light candles that are on or near a Christmas tree or other greenery. Be sure that all candle-holders are nonflammable. It’s also important to place candles in safe places where they can’t be knocked over.
- Protecting your skin and eyes. Spun glass “angel hair” can irritate the eyes and skin. Be sure to wear gloves while using this material. Artificial snow sprays can also irritate the lungs. When using this spray, be sure to follow carefully the directions on the container.
- Disposing of ribbons and wrappings right away. Pieces of torn wrapping paper, bags, ribbons, and bows should be gathered up and removed from the tree or fireplace area as soon as gifts are opened. These “debris” can cause a fire or pose a choking hazard for small children.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your decorations help make the holiday times beautiful – and safe.