Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital offers holiday safety tips

Posted on 12/8/2017

Use these important reminders to help keep your child safe during the busiest season of the year

The busiest season of the year also comes with distractions and changes in your child’s environment. Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids share these tips for a fun and safe holiday season.

Decorate with children in mind

  • Put tempting and fragile ornaments toward the top of the tree.
  • Check holiday lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
  • Do not overload extension cords. Be sure to secure all electrical cords so that children or pets cannot topple the tree.
  • If you have a fresh cut tree, water it daily and turn off tree lights when not in use.
  • Keep holiday candles at least 12 inches away from flammable materials. Don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room or at bedtime. Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.
  • Keep plants that may be poisonous out of the reach of children and pets.
  • In a poison emergency, call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

Choose the right toy for the right age

  • Read all instructions and warning labels to make sure the toy is age-appropriate.
  • Check to be sure there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards, especially if the child is under 3 years old.
  • Keep items with button batteries away from children and pets. A coin-sized button battery can get stuck in a child’s throat and cause tissue damage, severe injury or death.
  • Avoid toys with small, powerful magnets. If the magnets are swallowed, they can cause injury.
  • If your child receives a bicycle, riding toy, skateboard or scooter, make sure a helmet and other appropriate safety gear are part of the gift.

Travel safety

  • Have your child’s car seat checked before you hit the road. Statistics show that 73 percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly. Visit to find a Buckle Buddies car seat checkup near you.
  • Make sure that all family members wear seatbelts.
  • Older children who have graduated from booster seats should ride in the back seat until the age of 13.
  • Safe Kids Worldwide offers this travel safety checklist:

About Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is South Carolina’s first children's hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and has central South Carolina's only Children’s Emergency Center. With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands. Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the place to go for children's medical care, because the best care matters.


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