Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Safety Tips:

Grandparents and other family members are urged by New York officials to childproof their homes if young children are expected for the holidays.

The New York state Consumer Protection Board and the New York Office for the Aging advise grandparents and others who may not normally have young children visit their homes to:

-- Check toys and durable children's products such as cribs, swinger
, strollers and car seats to be sure they have not been the subject of a recall. Older toys and durable children's products as they may not meet current safety standards.

-- Don't give grandchildren under the age of 3 items with small parts and use caution with items containing magnets.

-- Don't tie toys around children's necks.

-- Never allow young children to wear clothing with drawstrings because they can be caught on cribs, playground equipment and vehicle doors, causing dragging injuries or strangulation.

-- Keep all medicines in containers with safety caps.

-- Be sure medicines, cleaning products and other household chemicals are out of reach and locked away from children.

-- Use safety gates and window guards to prevent falls and locks on cabinets and draws, where appropriate, to prevent injuries.

-- Shorten cords on window blinds and shades to help prevent strangulation.

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