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Disclaimer – I have a material and/or financial connection because I received a gift, sample of a product and/or compensation for consideration in preparing to write this content. All opinions stated within are my own.

 

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‘Tis the season!—you’re decorating for the holidays, going to parties, and wrapping up presents.  At this time of year there’s a lot to think about, and safety isn’t always one of those things.  If your own kids are older or even out of the house, you might have forgotten how fast toddlers can get into things.  If you’re entertaining plans include families with small children, here are a few things to remember:

  • Elegant table settings can easily become a heap of china and crystal if a toddler inadvertently pulls a tablecloth off the table.  Use a festive runner in the center of the table with matching place mats instead.
  • Holiday punches and eggnog can look enticing to a toddler and child.  Be on the look- out for abandoned, half-empty glasses that might be within a child’s reach.  Refrain from placing bowls of nuts or hard candy – both of which are choking hazards – out on tables.
  • Keep guest’s coats and purses, which could contain prescription medication and other dangerous items, in an off-limits area for kids.  Candles should be kept high up on shelves to avoid them being knocked over.
  • If you have pets that are not accustomed to small children, consider keeping them in a quieter area for the evening.  Do not leave dog food or water down on the floor as a toddler might reach for it and cause the dog to attack.
  • If you will be having a party with several toddlers, consider hiring a local teen to help babysit for the evening to give your guests some added support.
  • If your home is set up in such a way where kids will be playing near your laundry room, be particularly aware of safeguarding this room.  It’s best if you can lock off these high-risk rooms to prevent kids from entering but if not, be sure to keep potentially hazardous items such as single-load liquid laundry packets locked up high and away in cabinets.  Serious harm & injury including accidental ingestion and eye exposure can occur if single-load liquid laundry packets are not safely stored.  You can prevent these accidents from happening by making sure curious eyes are kept away from laundry packets and other laundry products.

The American Cleaning Institute is urging people to get involved with their laundry safety campaign and to take the pledge to be the KEY to a safe laundry room and routine.  KEY stands for:

Keep single-load liquid laundry packets out of reach of children

Educate your family and friends about the safe use and storage of these new laundry products

You serve a key role in laundry safety

Every pledge will be entered into a sweepstakes* for a chance to win a $2,500 grand prize to help makeover your laundry room!  The sweepstakes ends on 12/31, so this is your last chance to enter!

Curious to know how your home state is doing in the KEY Pledge?  Check out the KEY Pledge Map:  http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/clean_living/key_pledge_map.aspx.

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Ends on December 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. and DC, 21 and older. Void where prohibited.  For Official Rules, go to http://www.keypledge.com/Keypledge/TermsConditions.html.  Sponsor: American Cleaning Institute.

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