7 tips for holiday childproofing
The holidays can be both festive and safe if you follow childproofing tips when decorating. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Margaret D.)
Holiday decorating is fun, especially with children in the house. But seasonal decor can pose dangers. Keep your little ones safe by following these seasonal precautions for childproofing:
1. Avoid heavy decorations
Make sure the decorations that are accessible to kids are safe, lightweight and portable.
2. Secure the tree
Tie the Christmas tree or otherwise secure it in a corner or to a wall so there's no chance a child can pull it down.
3. Decorate in levels
Place delicate or dangerous items on the mantel or in other places where a child can't reach. Leave stuffed animals and other safe items where children can enjoy them.
4. Cover cords
Test all lights for loose connections and cover any exposed electrical cords. Ways to cover include taping cords to the wall or covering them with a rug.
5. Use artificial candles
Consider battery operated or electric candles instead of the real thing when kids are around. If you do burn candles, set them out of reach and never leave them unattended.
6. Hang mistletoe high
Hang real mistletoe securely and out of reach of children, as some forms of mistletoe can cause illness if eaten.
7. Hire a childproofer
Give yourself the gift of peace of mind by hiring a professional childproofer to go through your home.
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