Holiday decorating? Get a kid’s-eye view for safety.
Think you’re finished decorating for the holidays? Think again.
Before you put everything away, get on the floor to get a child’s perspective. Look out for anything that could tempt a curious child, such as low-hanging tinsel, cords and other choking hazards. Don’t forget that small children have a tendency to put objects in their mouths.
Even if you don’t have kids in the home, if you plan to have any visit during the holidays, perform this child-safety check.
What should you do if you think a child may be choking? If they can breathe and talk—watch and wait. This means the airway is only partly blocked and they can likely cough it out on their own. If the child can’t breathe, talk or cry, call 9-1-1 and perform abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich maneuver) if you’ve been trained to do so.