and summer vacations are the most popular time for grandchildren to visit. Which
means you are probably stocking up on all their favorite goodies and games to
keep them happily occupied.
you're planning for activities to keep them entertained, don't forget to double
check your home for safety.
remember the first time my grandson came to visit. I had been a parent of two
toddlers - 18 months apart. I was sure that the house was baby-proof. Oh, how
quickly we forget!
spent the visit running around while he discovered all of the dangers I had missed.
Here are some things to check before the visit to make sure that you get to relax
more than I did.
make beautiful decorations, but Jerusalem Cherry and Mistletoe are poisonous.
Some preservatives that are used to keep the tree fresh contain nitrates. These
can cause serious blood disorders if they are swallowed.
lights are sure to attract a small child. Make sure that the ones you use are
the ones that stay cool when lit. Some of the small blinking lights contain toxic
chemicals and none are very good for the stomach!
we're discussing things electric - get some of those safety plugs for the unused
outlets to keep fingers and other objects from being "plugged in."
ornaments should be hung high enough that they can't be removed by curious youngsters.
The angel hair, tinsel and small plastic ornaments can cause choking and if they
make it past the windpipe, they are not on any list of recommended foods for children.
American Academy of Pediatrics also posts these guidelines for safe holiday gifts:
bathroom and kitchen are especially hazardous to small children. All cleaning
materials and medications must be safely stored. Don't imagine your grandchild
is not inventive enough to open a close cabinet door. Make sure that all cabinets
are securely locked with child proof hooks.
your water heater to make sure that the temperature is at 120 degrees (F) and
check bath water temperature before putting children in to splash around. Don't
leave children alone in the bathroom. A toilet lock can make you holidays a bit
less stressful. The toilet can be a deadly lure to a toddler.
all pot handles turned in over the stove area and make sure that there are no
cords hanging down to entice a child to pull the coffee pot or toaster down.
you've checked everything relax and enjoy your brilliant grandchildren!
are some additional sites that provide more information on child safety:
National Safe Kids Campaign
Good advice on keeping kids safe wherever
Consumer Product Safety Commission
This site has a special area where
you can check for product safety and recalls to make sure that the gifts you give