Keeping Kids Safe This Holiday Season

Written by: Dev Gowda

Kids In Danger (KID) is passionate about keeping children safe over the holidays. Recently we learned about a 13 month old girl named Ellie, who died when the changing table attachment on a play yard came down on the back of her next as she stood up. We have seen too many children, such as Elliekilled by unsafe products used while traveling during the holiday season.

While traveling and celebrating over the holidays, keep in mind these safety tips:

  • Check products for recalls, stay informed by signing up for alerts at Kids In Danger, and report all unsafe children’s products and related injuries to Saferproducts.gov.
  • Always use an appropriate infant or booster car seat when traveling – in your car, grandma’s car, rental or taxi. Check http://www.nhtsa.gov/ to make sure the seat hasn’t been recalled. Review these car seat safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep. Bring along a safe bassinet or portable crib. KID warns against the use of travel beds as they pose serious safety concerns and are not covered by safety standards. Check all cribs for recalls and loose or missing hardware or slats. Review KID’s Safe Sleep Tips for guidelines on creating safe sleep environments.
  • Check borrowed high chairs, strollers and other children’s products for recalls. High chairs and strollers should have harnesses to keep your baby from falling out.
  • Use KID’s Holiday Shopping Safety Tips filled with children’s product safety shopping tips to make informed buying decisions this holiday season.
  • With all the crazed unwrapping and haphazard placement of toys, keep an eye out to make sure younger children don’t get hold of inappropriate toys that might have small parts or magnets that can be dangerous. A good guideline to remember: If a toy part fits into a toilet paper tube, it’s too small.

In addition to traveling safely, parents may be uncertain how to shop safely for their children. KID has some common sense tips.

When shopping for gifts for children, KID recommends that parents:

  • Follow age recommendations and safety warnings,
  • Check for flimsy or easily broken toys, and
  • Access information about recalled products on the go through KID’s mobile siteOur robust search function makes it easy for parents to check for recalled items as they shop. If you shop early, double check that there hasn’t been a recall between when you bought the toy and when it is opened.

KID urges you to keep in mind these vital safety and shopping tips not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year. Visit KidsInDanger.org for more information, to sign up for e –alertsand find out how you can become a child product safety advocate to help keep all children safe from dangerous products.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

Posted on December 05, 2012 at 8:25 PM