How to Kidproof Your Holiday Decor
Little ones love the razzle-dazzle of baubles and trinkets, but if they get their mitts on the wrong ones, you could have a problem on your hands
Little ones love the razzle-dazzle of baubles and trinkets, but if they get their mitts on the wrong ones, you could have a problem on your hands. Child-safety pro Debra Smiley Holtzman, author of the newly updated Safe Baby, told us how to deck the halls so no one gets hurt.
Steer clear of those that are sharp, fragile, or have small removable parts. And don't use any decorations made to look like food, especially candy.
Use lights and extension cords that are UL-rated or otherwise certified by an independent testing group. Check extension cords carefully and replace those that are frayed or damaged. Don't use bulbs that can be easily shattered.
Put it in a sturdy stand that's rated for the tree's size, and place it where foot traffic won't knock it over. Some artificial trees may contain lead; contact the manufacturer of yours for more details or replace it.
They're festive, yes, but these holiday greens (as well as others, such as Jerusalem cherry) are poisonous. So be sure to keep them safely out of reach or avoid using them altogether.