Keep button batteries and lithium coin batteries away from small children – Prevent accidental ingestion. These batteries can be found in thermometers, remote controls, calculators, games and toys, watches, flameless candles, and other items. If swallowed, these batteries can cause serious injury that could be life-threatening. Make sure battery compartments are closed, devices are out of sight and out of reach.
Toys with small parts – Keep toys with small parts away from children under the age of three to prevent choking and other serious injuries. These include small magnet balls, water beads and marbles.
Toys to avoid – Avoid toys with sharp points or edges. Young children especially, should avoid toys with ropes or cords that can wrap around a child’s neck.
Electric scooters and electric bicycles – It is illegal in Massachusetts for anyone under the age of 16 to ride an electric scooter or electric bike either alone or as a passenger. Riders 16 and older must have a valid driver’s license or permit. While there are many e-bike and e-scooters for sale in person or on-line that state that they are okay for ages under 16, it is illegal and dangerous.
When riding non-motorized bicycles and scooters – Parents should closely supervise children and make sure they always wear a helmet that fits. Helmet safety saves lives.
Christmas tree safety – Place tree away from heat sources (radiator, fireplace, candles) and away from exits. Keep glass items out of reach of small children, including glass ornaments. Avoid leaving tree lights on overnight or when you leave your home.
Hanukkah and Kwanzaa holiday candles – Make sure to monitor small children around lit candles. Store matches out of reach. Put candles on a non-flammable and sturdy surface such as a glass table, brick mantle or stone coaster. Do not put candles near wood, plastic, or paper. Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed.
Prevent scalds and burns - Keep small children away from the stove and oven. Do not carry children when you are cooking. Keep hot drinks away from small children by placing them out of reach and not on the edges of tables or counters. Be aware that small children could pull down tablecloths and place-mats and whatever is on them. Do not hold or carry a child when you have a hot drink.