CSP Spotlight: Holiday Shopping with Kids

It is the holiday season and that means much shopping!

Parents are often distracted and kids are intrigued by elevators, escalators, and elaborate store displays; which poses a surprising number of hazards that can cause severe injuries.  Here are some tips for keeping children safe during the holiday shopping.

  • Play it safe -- don't allow your child to poke around displays and platforms. 
  • Don't allow children to reach for anything on a table above their sight line -- they might knock over heavy objects or tip over the table.
  • Hold your child's hand so you can guide him/her on and off the escalator; make sure that his/her fingers don't get stuck in the gaps of the escalator's handrail.
  • Got a stroller? Take the elevator instead of escalator.
  • Check your child's clothing. Make sure his shoelaces are tied and don't allow him/her to drag his/her coat or scarf on the ground.
  • Mind the gap. Make sure that the elevator is level with the floor before you exit. Your child could trip, or his/her foot could get stuck in the gap.
  • Have an action plan. Make sure your child knows what to do if he/she loses you.
  • Always stay within arm's reach of your child when you go shopping!

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