Give safe toys
Parents generally have toy safety down, but aunts, uncles and other family members may not be so sure. If in doubt, run it by the parents what you are thinking of getting their kids and ask them if that’s okay. Read and follow instructions on packages on age appropriateness and other warnings. Watch out for the seemingly harmless, such as balloons – a favorite with kids of all ages. Uninflated balloons and pieces of broken balloons can suffocate young children. Sharp edges, small parts, strings and cords can all pose a danger for young kids. Look out for wrappings as well, such as plastic bags and film and remove them. This safety guide is a great source of information on toy safety.
Traveling with meds
So, you’re traveling over the holidays and you have several prescriptions… It’s tempting to pack a bunch of pills mixed together in one dispenser so you have just enough for your week away. But mixing meds in a container can cause a chemical reaction and spoil them. A better idea is to request your pharmacist to prepare small travel containers with your name and the meds names and instructions on them. That way, if you run out and need a refill, or you need to visit a doctor, you have all the information with you. If you’re flying, carry your prescription meds with you in your carry-on luggage.
Holiday leftovers can be a blessing or a pain – literally! Food left out or kept in the fridge too long can result in bacterial growth and upset stomachs. Stick to the two-hour-rule. Refrigerate all food within two hours of cooking and all salads within two hours of preparation. If it’s too hot for the fridge, divide it into smaller containers or chill it in an ice bath. You can find a guide on safe fridge and freezer storage times for various foods here.