Christmas is always a busy time with presents to buy, meals to plan and family and friends to entertain. As well as planning for an enjoyable and fun Christmas, we’ve got some top tips to ensure that your Christmas is safe as well as fun.

Buying presents

Buying presents for your kids is fun for everyone but it’s important to make sure that the toys you buy are safe.

CAPT and the British Toy and Hobby Association have the following tips when buying presents:

  • Always head to good retailers that you’ve heard of and have a good reputation.  Markets or new, temporary shops often sell illegally imported toys that often don’t meet strict toy safety requirements. These toys may seem like a bargain but they are not built to safe standards and could be dangerous for little ones.
  • Make sure you look at the age range on the toy packaging, as babies and toddlers can choke on small parts or swallow harmful parts of the toy. Toys that are not meant for young children are clearly marked.

Other Christmas toy tips

  • On the big day itself, make sure stairs are free from clutter. Children will be rushing around to find visitors, open presents and play with their new toys, so remove things that could cause a bad fall down stairs
  • Look out for small things that young children can choke on. Put small decorations high out of reach, tidy away small plastic toys from crackers and put small batteries (particularly the round, silver ones) out of reach of little fingers. 

Visitors

  • Make sure visitors to the house, such as grandparents, don’t leave medicines in places where children can find them, for example in handbags or counted out on bedside cabinets. Medicines are the most common cause of accidental poisoning in children, with everyday painkillers a frequent culprit.
  • If you’re staying with relatives or friends over Christmas, remember that the top bunk of bunk beds can be dangerous for children under six. And bear in mind that safety items you might have at home, such as stair gates and cupboard locks, might not be available where you are staying.

Food and drink

  • The kitchen can be a hectic place on Christmas day. So keep young children out of the kitchen while you're preparing Christmas dinner and all the trimmings, to avoid burns and scalds. One in ten children's accidents happen in the kitchen.
  • Clear away any bottles of alcohol and the last dregs of drinks left in glasses as even small amounts of alcohol can poison young children.

Christmas decorations

  • Keep candles away from Christmas trees and decorations. And don’t hang decorations from lights and heaters, as they can catch alight and burn easily.
  • Remember to turn off fairy lights and blow out candles before heading to bed. And check that your smoke alarms are working, so there’s time to get out if a fire does start.

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