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Keep kids safe this holiday season

News Release

The holiday season is a special time of year filled with magic and joy for children. It’s important to remember that holiday traditions can also come with health and safety risks for children. The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) encourages the public to make child safety a priority this holiday season.
If young children will be visiting your home over the holidays, take measures to make sure they stay safe. Kim Gardiman, Manager of Child Health says, “To make your home safer for children, keep candles out of reach, only have soft, unbreakable decorations at children’s eye level, and don’t use indoor lights that get hot.” Because of children’s natural curiosity, they need to be supervised closely to prevent injuries.

When purchasing toys for children, it is important to pay close attention to the recommended age listed on the toy. “The age guidelines on toys are based on safety, not the intelligence or skill level of a child,” Jessica Kivell, Health Promoter says. The toy itself isn’t the only safety concern, also be sure to dispose of all toy packaging and ensure that batteries in toys are not accessible to children and are properly installed by an adult. For more information on holiday safety, please contact your local health unit office.