Each winter brings a new chance for fun things for kids to do, like ice skating and snowball fights. As we gear up to celebrate the season, keep these 5 things in mind.
Walk like a penguin
Walking over ice-covered sidewalks or driveways? Try to avoid it, but to be safe, try to walk in short, little steps in case any part of the path has spots of ice. Teach kids to walk like a penguin by pointing their toes out and take short, little steps. That way, kids can have better footing and are less likely to fall if the ground is icy. And never let children walk on ice over a body of water like lakes, pools or ponds.
Going for a real tree this year? Make sure you water it daily and keep it at least 3 feet away from a heat source. If you are worried your Christmas tree could cause allergies, try to shake and wash it using a hose before you bring it inside.
Keep ornaments out of children’s reach. Ornaments and their hangers may be harmful to children if ingested. It can be tough to keep little ones away from the tree, so try verbal reminders, hanging ornaments out of their reach, or even wrapping in tree in a baby gate.
As always, have a carbon monoxide and smoke detector on every level of your house and placed near bedrooms. Practice your home fire escape routes to ensure everyone knows what to do in case of a fire.
By keeping safety top-of-mind, we can all make sure the season stays festive and safe this year.
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