It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month! Prepare yourself for all the festivities by reading up on the best safety practices for the season.
As you shop for gifts, keep this list from Everhart Eyes Associates in mind:
• No toys with sharp objects or edges.
• Avoid darts, pellet guns and other firearms as gifts, especially to children.
• Remember to avoid toys that can be choking hazards especially for children under the age of three. Remember the rule: If it can fit through an empty toilet paper roll, then avoid it for young children.
• Avoid hard candy for young children.
• Remember to avoid toys with strings longer than 12 inches for children less than three years old as it can be a strangulation hazard.
• Avoid slingshots or other projectile type of types.
• Avoid toys with magnets for young children.
• Give children under 10 only toys with batteries and compartments that can only be opened by an adult (such as a screw sealed battery chamber) and don’t let them play with batteries. Plug-in toys should be only for older children.
• Buy durable toys that will not break or shatter into pieces or release toxic substances.
• Observe video game age-ratings. They are there for a reason.
• Read all warning labels carefully on toys and decorations.
• Remember to supervise your children at all times
Decorating and Celebrating
While decorating, remember to hang glass or other breakable ornaments out of children’s reach. Avoid open flames when decorating, and use alternative decorations like battery operated candles. And make sure to only use lights that aren’t damaged.
If you’re planning on getting into the festive spirit with some champagne, point the bottle away from your face, eyes, and other people when opening. Cover the cork with a towel and turn it slowly in a slight upward motion. Be sure to also keep your champaign chilled to 45°F. You’ll remain safe while also looking like you know what you’re doing!
Of course, if you’re drinking during the holiday season, be sure to have a designated driver available for all participants. With the streets at their busiest and the weather at its craziest, be extra cautious and alert when driving.
Happy Holidays from all of us at nJoy Vision!
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