The end of this year is almost here and Thanksgivings has arrived. Thanksgiving is a celebration that gathers friends and families across the country to share great times and delicious food. According to National Fire protection association (NAPA) Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, so whether you are going out of town, or having guests over please take some time to ensure a safety holiday season for you and your family.
Here are five tips from Safe Kids Oregon to help you and your family stay safe for the holiday.
- In the car: If you’re like me, colder weather means lots of layers of clothing. But remember, bulky winter clothes and coats can keep a car seat from doing its job. Instead, cover your child with a thick blanket to stay warm after you’ve securely strapped him or her into the car seat.
- In the kitchen: At Thanksgiving, things are guaranteed to get a little busy. To help keep hot food out of the reach of little hands, be sure that pot handles and other dishes aren’t close to the edge of the counter or table where they could be pulled down by curious kids.
- By the fireplace: If there’s a fireplace in the home, be sure to check that it’s protected by a sturdy screen – and remember that glass screens can take a while to cool down even after the fire has gone out.
- Wherever the medicine is stored: Kids get into medication in all sorts of places, like in purses and nightstands. In fact, in 67 percent of medicine-related ER visits, the medicine was within reach of a child, such as in a purse, left on a counter or dresser, or found on the ground. A good rule of thumb: “Up, up and away.” Keep medications out of reach and out of sight.
- In the room where you sleep: For many of us, holiday travel means we’ll be spending the night away from home. While you might be fine sleeping on the couch or an air mattress, make sure your baby always sleeps in a safe crib, bassinet or pack-n-play.
Thanksgiving safety cooking:
- Avoid carrying or holding a child while cooking on the stove
- Use the back burners of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge
- Check to make sure appliance cords are coiled and away from counter edges
- Take a minute to test your smoke alarms.
- Teach your kids how to cook safely.
Click on the pictures below to share our safety tips. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is proudly led by Oregon Child Development Coalition.