Part 2 of the SafeKids Winter Issue—Safety in the Home


  1. By hanging breakable ornaments at the top of the tree younger kids can decorate the bottom with non-breakable ones. 
  2. Some popular holiday plants are poisonous to children and pets, including mistletoe and holly berries, so place them out of reach. In a poison emergency, call the national Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. 
  3. Keep decorations with button batteries, such as greeting cards and small remote controls, out of children’s reach.

Fire Prevention

  1. Natural trees require regular watering to avoid dry needles which catch fire quickly.
  2. Turn off decorative lights before leaving home or going to sleep. Regularly check wires for fraying or loose connections. 
  3. Keep candles and matches out of reach and at least 12 inches away from anything flammable.
  4. Check smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and near sleeping areas. Review your fire escape plan with family members and guests.

Holiday Gift Giving

  1. Choose toys or gifts for the child’s age and development. Read the warning labels to know the precautions.
  2. Separate toys by age. 
  3. Buy a helmet. If you are giving a bike, skateboard or scooter this holiday season, be sure to include a helmet. 
  4. Review toy recalls. Safe Kids Worldwide complies product recalls specific to children and sends twice-monthly email alerts for recent recalls. Sign up at

Holiday Cooking

  1. Create a kid-free zone. Teach younger children to stay 3 feet from the cooking space. Place babies in a highchair outside of the kid-free zone where you can see them. 
  2. Cook on the back burners of the stove and keep hot foods away from the edge.
  3. Help older children understand the importance of cooking safely. Teach them never to leave the kitchen while cooking and always use oven mitts or potholders to carry hot pots and pans.

To find out more about the local Safe Kids program, call 706-721-7606, or visit