Tips for a Safe and Fun Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly! To keep your holidays festive – and safe – this year, CHOC Children’s recommends these simple precautions to enjoy a magical season with your children:

Food Safety

  • Wash hands before, during and after food preparation.
  • Keep baking ingredients such as vanilla and almond extract out of your children’s reach.
  • Use soap, water and a paper towel to clean surfaces that have touched raw meat, fish or poultry.
  •  Keep alcoholic beverages and containers out of your children’s reach.
  •  Watch for holly and mistletoe berries that could fall into your child’s  path — they are poisonous.

Christmas Trees and Decorations

  • If your family purchases a real tree, make sure to check the tree’s freshness. Keep it away from fireplaces or other heating sources.
  • Turn off the tree lights before leaving the tree in an unattended room.
  • Keep small ornaments and tinsel out of reach. Avoid ornaments that look like food or candy.
  • Keep burning candles, matches and lighters out of your children’s reach.
  • Once gifts are opened, remove all bags, gift wraps and bows from tree and fireplace areas. These items can pose suffocation, a choking or fire hazard, to small children.
  • Inspect lights for exposed or frayed cords.


  • Select age-appropriate toys. Keep in mind the child’s abilities and developmental stage. Avoid those with small, removable parts that may pose a choking risk for young children.
  • When buying bicycles, scooters, skateboards or skates, remember to include helmets and appropriate protective equipment.
  • Be aware of recalls on toys, furniture and jewelry.

The holidays are an enjoyable time of the year for most families; hopefully, with these easy-to-follow tips, your family can enjoy a truly memorable season.

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