All of us at www.hotelfun4kids.com
want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday
season. Take the time to be grateful for what you
have and cherish your family and friends. Open your
hearts to those less fortunate and help us all make the
world a better place.
Many families may plan a
around the Holiday Season to visit
family and friends.
With the holidays approaching, here are
some safety tips to help keep this time of year fun and
safe for all members of the family and especially those
little elves waiting for Santa to visit on Christmas Eve.
Also see the following pages for
Winter Safety Tips
Winter Holidays - Ski Vacations
Holiday Safety Alert - CPSC Announces Recall Round-up of Toys and Children's Products
Safety tips for Buying Safe Toys and Using Toys Safely
Many families do a lot of driving during
the holiday season to visit family and friends. See Car Safety Tips,
First Aid Safety Tips for Managing an Emergency from St. John's Ambulance
and Winter Driving Tips.
Keep wrapping paper and small toys away
from children under 3 and pets. See Safety tips for Buying Safe Toys and Using Toys Safely.
‘Tis the Season to attend and host
parties – consider hiring a babysitter when going to or
hosting a party. A babysitter will allow you to focus on
your guests while someone is concentrating on keeping an
eye on the little ones (not to mention that the sitter
could use the income to help with gift buying).
Keep small candies and nuts out of reach
of young children as small items can pose a choking
can be poisonous for little ones and a babysitter can
ensure that your children don’t sample drinks not meant
for them or left around by the party goers and help
entertain them as well. After the party, make sure all
glasses are cleaned up so that in the morning there is no
worries for unintentional consumption of any left over
Ensure your house has approved, working
carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Plan escape
routes in case of fire.
Make sure candles are not near any flammable items, including curtains, Christmas trees,
decorations or furniture and don’t forget to put them
out of reach of children. Never leave candles
unattended. Ensure all matches and lighters are out
of reach of children. Extinguish all candles and put
them in the sink at bedtime or when you leave the house. See Fire Safety Tips, Hotel and Hotel Room Fire Safety, Candles, Safe Pajamas and the Dangers of Matches and Lighters.
Have your chimney cleaned and inspected
Ensure flue is open when fireplace or woodstove is in
use. Don’t burn wrapping or christmas tree
branches in the fireplace, sparks
and flakes can fly out the chimney or fall out of the
fireplace/woodstove when the screen or door is opened.
Avoid "Fire Salts" and keep them away from
children. They can contain heavy metal and cause
severe stomach irritation and vomitting.
All matches used to light candles or the
fireplace should immediately be put out of reach after
use. Teach your children never to play with matches,
candles and fireplaces/woodstoves.
Holiday Decorating Safety Tips:
- When purchasing a live tree make sure the tree is
fresh, with green needles that are hard to pull off
the tree and bend but don't break. Tap the tree
on the ground and if the tree loses a lot of needles,
it is not fresh.
- Keep your tree well watered to avoid
drying out the tree. Turn of lights at bedtime or when
leaving the house. Never put candles on or near the
tree. Place tree away from any heat sources such as
- Place your tree in a well designed,
sturdy tree stand and if possible, tie it up to
something secure, perhaps a nail or two in the
- Dispose of tree promptly after the
- Put breakable or tiny ornaments and
tinsel higher on the tree or out of reach so little
fingers can’t knock them off and get cut on broken
ornaments or put them in their mouths. Avoid
- Cut back lower branches to avoid eye
injuries to young children and pets.
- Use non-combustible or
flame-resistant decorations for the tree.
- Check that all tree lights are tested
for safety by an approved laboratory with seal
(example, UL or
CSA approved). Cords should be fused and in good condition (no fraying).
Throw out lights that have broken or cracked sockets
or bare wires. Don't overload outlets or cords.
- Ensure lights used outdoors are
certified for outdoor use. If possible, use a
ground fault circuit interrupter circuits for outside
- Turn off all lights when you go to
bed or leave the house.
- Many holiday plants are poisonous,
Holly, Poinsettias, Mistletoe and holiday
greenery like Balsam, Juniper, Cedar, Pine and Fir.
Have the number of the poison control centre handy.
Keep a watchful eye on young children around these
plants and teach them not to touch. See First Aid Tips.
- Look for the "Fire
Resistant" label when purchasing artificial
- Avoid using artificial snow as it can
cause lung irritation.
the season and all the happiness it can bring. Best
All tips are offered as suggestions
only. While we have tried to provide you with a list
of suggestions to help parents when travelling with
children to keep them safe, unfortunately, we can’t
think of everything and it is the responsibility of
parents to ensure their children’s safety.
For additional tips also see:
CPSC Urges Consumers to Decorate Safely for the Holidays
Holiday Toy Recall Checklist from the Consumer Product Safety Commission
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