Holiday Safety Tips for Parents

Holiday decorating, visiting, and cooking can distract from child safety. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when celebrating with family and friends this holiday season. 
  • Guest purses, coats, and suitcases – Keep them well out of reach of kids. They might contain tobacco or medications.
  • Abandoned wine and cocktail glasses – Keep an eye on small children during parties and clear beverage glasses frequently.
  • Glass ornaments – Eye-catching ornaments used to identify glasses can be choking hazards if in the hands of small children.
  • Extra alcohol and bar supplies – Don’t keep them under tables or on the floor in easy reach of children
  • Ornaments and wrappings - Antique or foreign-produced ornaments may contain lead-based paint. Most wrapping paper and ribbons are nontoxic, but foil, colored gift wrap, icicles and tinsel also may contain lead or tin.
  • Keep holiday plants out of reach - Dangerous holiday plants include: holly and mistletoe berries, azaleas, Christmas rose, jimson weed, For additional poisonous plant information, visit:
  • Christmas tree stability - Check your tree to make sure it is secure and balanced.
  • Tree preservative - Check your tree preservative - some contain aspirin or bleach and can be potentially harmful if swallowed. Candles & matches - Never leave candles unattended and store matches out of reach.
  • Leftovers - Refrigerate leftovers at 40°F or below as soon as possible to prevent food poisoning.
  • Pre-prepared child snacks and meals - When entertaining – child meals that are prepared in advance make feeding your child quick, easy and less of a distraction.
  • Poison resources: The California Poison Control System (CPCS) provides immediate, expert treatment advice over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances. 1-800-222-1222 

For toy safety tips go to: Toy Safety Tips for Parents