Toddler Safety – holiday child home safety alert


We’re sure that everyone realizes…


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… the holidays are fast approaching.

Decorations, ornaments, candles and
a host of other seasonal DANGERS!

Yes, the holidays should be a bright and
cheerful time for all, but with all the
stuff around, it can be a real danger for
your toddler.

Most parents are aware that accidents are one of the leading causes of death for children at almost all ages. Or maybe they don’t, which is why we keep seeing so many accidents.

Increased awareness of accidents and many of the hidden dangers that lead to these tragedies will hopefully keep kids safer.

One recent tragedy includes a toddler in Unionville, Michigan who died when a dresser tipped over and fell on top of him. It is likely that the 3-year-old was climbing on the top-heavy piece of furniture, which is a common cause of these types of tip-over tragedies.


My Own Terrible Mistake

We all make mistakes. Unfortunately, our family recently had their own. I was busy typing on the computer and my wife was taking care of our 7 month old.

Suddenly, without warning I hear a load scream! My son was watching one of his favorites, Wow Wow Wubbzy, but this scream was his.

I jump out of my seat and run to the sound. What did I find?

He decided to do a little sneak away and look at some of my wife’s snow globes. One of these globes has a small little candle recessed in the top.

Poor little guy got wax spilled on his hand and it scared the life out of him….

It took several minutes to calm him down, but it makes you realize. No matter how save you try to keep your home there may be some little thing that could be dangerous to your toddler.

Everything ended up ok, but it was a big knock on my head to remember to look at the entire house and be sure that everything is in a safe place. Especially with wondering toddler eyes around.

The Take Away

Put up your decorations and have fun with your family and home at this time of year, but ….

Be sure to look through toddler eyes and keep everything safe. The smallest things could be dangerous to your toddler, or at least scare the living daylights out of them.

When’s the last time you did a safety walk through of your home? Let us know in the comments below.

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