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Creative ways to keep kids safe from burns during the holidays

Creative ways to keep kids safe from burns during the holidays

Do you like to enjoy a nice, hot cup of cocoa with the kids, especially during the holidays?

It’s a great time to stop, relax, enjoy the moment and make memories – especially while the children are still young and excited about celebrating the long-awaited arrival of Santa. However, while they may be anxious to help with things like decorating, baking cookies and even preparing that yummy cup of hot chocolate, be sure they stay safe from burns with these fun and festive tips:

  • Change cookie baking day to an assembly-line style! Kids do a great job with stirring and or rolling the dough (not to mention licking the spoon). Assign them to an area far away from the oven where they can join-in the fun, like a kitchen table or countertop. You might even give them the job of adding the sprinkles too, after the cookies have cooled.
  • Decorating the Christmas tree can also be lots of fun for younger kids. Have your children make a new, homemade ornament for the tree while you take a moment to inspect and string the lights. Watch for frayed wires, sparks or flickering that could lead to electrical burns, or worse yet, a house fire. (With that in mind, don’t forget to check those fire and smoke alarms to ensure they are also working properly.)
  • As for the hot cocoa, tell them it’s time to play Starbucks, and you’re the best barista in town! For all their hard work, they are going to be treated special by you (keeping them out of the kitchen and away from hot liquids). Put a holiday classic on, like Polar Express, to keep them occupied. Then, ask if they prefer marshmallows or whipped cream!

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