Is Your Holiday Vacation Childproof?

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We never like to imagine something bad happening in our lives. Particularly not during the holidays; a time for family and joy. But parents especially need to take necessary precautions to ensure their child’s safety as well as their own during this time of year. 

The University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll reports that 15% of parents surveyed admit that they did not put their children in car seats for each ride during their latest trip.

“Changes in routine, lapses in adult supervision, and hidden dangers contribute to injuries”

Moreover, about 25% of parents did not safely store medications and 33% did not pay attention to hazards like cleaning supplies and weapons.

On the bright side, 40% of parents reported they did check off all of the previously mentioned dangers.

Where do you land on this holiday safety spectrum?

Consider these simple steps to make sure the kids are safe during vacation travels:

  • Pack a car seat- Even if you’re not traveling by car or if you’re not planning on driving, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Is your holiday at Grandma’s? Maybe it’s at a friend’s place or at another relative’s? Whatever your case may be, it’s a good idea to communicate with the host; ask them to check their home for potential dangers prior to your arrival.
  • Some dangers aren’t so easy to detect but are common poisons, nonetheless. A good example would be cleaning supplies which are commonly stored in cabinets where kids can reach into. Be sure to latch those doors shut!
  • What about a more obvious danger like guns? If you aren’t sure whether your host owns any, ask! Be sure that any weapons are locked away and out of kid’s reach

Click here for more on kid’s safety.

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