Is Grandma's House Safe? - My Family Travels

Here are some tips for making sure that your parent's home is child proof.

Many parents pack up their young children and head off to grandma and grandpa’s house for vacations or the holidays. But, is it ready for your inquisitive child? Robert Emery, Dr. P.H., Assistant Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, offer the following tips for parents on the move with toddlers in tow.

1. Give the house a quick once over.  Look for breakable items, uncovered electrical outlets and other possible dangers in your child’s reach.

2. Guard against abandoned drinks and food.  One or two ounces of alcohol can affect a child’s health, and children can choke on food bits left on unattended plates.

3. Pay special attention to holiday decorations and presents.  Holly, poinsettias and mistletoe can make children sick if eaten.  Holiday gifts with perfume or battery-operated electronics inside can be a threat to toddlers. Tree ornaments can also be an issue.

4. Watch the stove. Make sure pot handles are turned in and away from tiny reaching hands.

5. Secure the pets.  That dog at your knee is eye level to a toddler. Make sure dogs and cats are tied up.

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