Health Department Shares Safety Advice for Holiday Season

Created on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:01

Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-373-2391

As the holiday season accelerates, malls, other retailers and grocery stores are more crowded than usual with busy shoppers. Whether you are about celebrate a holiday in the coming weeks or not, the Marion County Public Health Department asks that you keep the following in mind when going out to shop (and the rest of the year, too):

If you go shopping with children during the next several weeks, keep the following advice in mind for everyone’s safety:

At home, make certain that any holiday decorations do not create electrical hazards or increase the potential for tripping or falls. Households with small children should ensure that holiday decorations are secured to prevent injury. Smaller items that could create a choking hazard should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.

The holiday toy-buying season is underway, and as decisions are being made and gifts selected, the Marion County Public Health Department reminds gift buyers to consider health and safety before making purchases.

Gifts that promote exercise, movement and motivate children to be active help create healthy options to more sedentary options. Activities that encourage families to spend time together are also important when choosing holiday gifts.

Although the majority of toys are safe, they can become dangerous if misused or if they fall into the hands of children who are too young to play with them.

“Young children are especially at risk when it comes to toys because they can easily choke on small toys or even small parts,” says Serifatu Walton, injury prevention specialist for the health department. “Parents should consider whether the toy is appropriate for the child’s age and whether the gift requires protective gear accessories such as helmets and knee pads,” said Walton.