5 tips to keep your kids safe during Thanksgiving
Expert offers helpful safety ideas for the holidays
Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or traveling to visit friends or relatives, these helpful tips may keep your children safer this holiday season.
Dana Walraven, manager of Community Health Outreach at Cook Children's and coordinator of the Safe Kids Tarrant County Coalition, gives these 5 tips:
1. Preparation is key. Plan ahead to see how many and how old the children are that will be at Thanksgiving. Then, pick out toys/activities appropriate for several ages and keep the others out of reach.
2. Create an activity area for children to play, equipped with appropriate toys and activities.
3. Designate an adult to supervise the children. Adults can share this responsibility to reduce holiday stressors
4. Do a quick walk-thru to identify any red flags throughout the home, and in children’s reach: whether it be toys, poisons/medications, unsafe electrical outlets, doors accessing pools, etc.
5. Always ask guests to lock their car doors, so children don’t play hide and seek and get locked inside. Child heat stroke can occur even during cooler months.
About the source
Dana Walraven is the manager of Community Health Outreach at Cook Children's and coordinator of the Safe Kids Tarrant County Coalition. Being a parent is tough. We want you to know that you are not alone. We've compiled tips, resources and practical advice on a variety of safety and prevention topics designed to help you raise a safe and healthy family. Visit our Cook Children's Safety and Prevention Center today.