Holiday Safety Tips
As many gather for the holidays, it’s a great time to do an overall safety check on toys in your child’s early care program and in your home. Look to ensure that:
- Toys do not have sharp edges or points, loose parts or screws, or places where skin and fingers can get pinched.
- All children wear helmets when riding tricycles, scooters and other riding toys.
- Toys are put away when not being used (to prevent tripping or falling over them).
- Children are not permitted to play with any type of plastic bag, balloon or latex gloves (to prevent choking hazards).
- Objects smaller than 1 ¾ inches in diameter, and toys with small parts are kept away from children who put objects in their mouths (to prevent choking hazards).
- Toys are not hung across the cribs of infants who can sit up (to prevent strangulation or choking).
- Rattles and other objects like pacifiers are NEVER hung around an infant’s neck (to prevent strangulation).
- Riding toys, such as tricycles and scooters, are appropriate to the age of the child.
- Stuffed toys are not placed in the crib (to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
- Toys can be easily washed and sanitized. For example, stuffed animals should be machine-washable.
Original Article from http://nrckids.org/