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Keeping Children Safe at Christmas

It’s that time of year again: tinsel, lights, toys and numerous other potential accidents waiting to happen, that could find you spending your Christmas time in A & E with your child.

Although Christmas is a fun time of year for children, it can also be a hazardous one, when there are so many potential dangers for little ones and adolescents to hurt themselves. So, what can you do to minimize the risks?

Unless you’ve got eyes at the back of your head, it can be a nigh-on impossible job – you can’t be in all places at once. However, there is a solution which can be fun, educational and make your child feel capable. Why not turn it into a game by taking your child around the house and do a risk assessment? Children learn far more if they not only know what the risks are, but if they also know the ‘why’ behind it.

You could get your children to help you identify and label the potential risks with bright pictures that will act as a reminder to them.

So, what could be a potential hazard? Having recently watched a festive episode of TV’s You’ve Been Framed, the Christmas tree falling onto the unsuspecting child might seem funny, but in reality, could end up in a nasty mess.

Let’s face it, there is just too much temptation for little fingers to keep away. Children might try to climb the Christmas tree to get to the angel on top; then there are the lights and electric wires too. Do make sure that electric wires are well away from curious eyes and that you have a fire alarm installed. Even better, is if you can put a fire guard around the tree so that children don’t get too close to it.

Although everyone loves a bit of tinsel at this time of year, this seemingly harmless decoration can actually become a choking hazard, especially if young children wrap it around their necks. So, do make sure it is high enough to be harmless.

If you have a child that likes to put anything and everything into their mouth, then be aware, especially when it comes to Christmas lights and small children popping them in their mouths. This is especially so if you hang chocolate decorations off of the tree, because your child might think this means that everything on the tree is up for putting in their mouths. Again,

if you have small children, it might be an idea to leave the chocolate decorations until they are a little older and can tell the difference between what is edible and what is likely to electrocute them.

Ultimately, educating children to recognise dangers is the safest way to keep them safe and covered from harm. That’s also why the Kids Covered App is a great app to have, as it helps childcare providers and parents keep children safe with its range of features including: booking-in system, registers, medical forms, childcare vouchers, etc, leaving you to focus on making Christmas a magical time.

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