Add 'watch this video' to your holiday 'to do' list


Whether baking cookies, trimming the tree, or gathering around the fireplace, the holiday season creates memories that last a lifetime.

But, for some families, those memories are not all good, especially if they have experienced a traumatic event, such as a house fire, the injury of a child or a health emergency.

In a new video from Akron Children's Hospital, Lisa Pardi, RN, MSN, injury prevention coordinator, offers a variety of tips to keep the kids safe this holiday season.

These tips cover such topics as choosing age-appropriate toys as gifts, properly selecting display lights to avoid fires, not leaving candles unattended, and closely supervising children near ovens and fireplaces.

Other topics include avoiding food allergy-related problems around the holidays, being aware that young children may be tempted to put pretty ornaments and other decorations in their mouths, and preparing for winter road emergencies by stocking your car with blankets and a cell phone.

"The holidays are a busy time of year for all of us," said Pardi. "In addition to their usual responsibilities at work and home, parents may be pre-occupied with shopping, wrapping, baking and party planning and they can be easily distracted. But, supervision is always the most effective way to protect children from accidents and injury."

To view the video, go to and type in the key words, "holiday safety."

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