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Conversation Starter: Planning Ahead for Safe Holiday Visits

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When you are traveling with kids for the holidays, there are lots of things to think about. Questions like - do you have your toddler’s blanket, your daughter’s pink sparkly shoes, and your son’s favorite action figure often top the list.

One question that many people don’t think to ask is “Is the home we are visiting ready for my kids?” At your own home, there are many safety precautions that are so much a part of your routine it’s easy to forget not everyone has the same things at their house. If you are traveling to the home of someone who doesn’t have kids or has kids that are different ages than yours, a little planning ahead of time can help keep your visit safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

Start by asking your hosts what you can do in preparation for bringing your child to their home. You might say something like, “My child is really curious and likes to get into things. Are there rooms we should keep him out of or would it be helpful if we bring a safety gate so he can’t get in the room?” Another question might be, “Do you store cleaners or detergent packets in kitchen cabinets – if so, would you mind if I bring some portable safety latches for the cabinets?” Be sure to ask how many cabinets and what kind of handles they have.

Starting a conversation about this ahead of time with your hosts gives them a chance to think about the space from the viewpoint of your child and make changes to make things safer. You could even suggest your hosts download the MakeSafeHappen app. This free safety app walks you through every room of your home and helps you know what safety items you may need.

Working together, you and your hosts can help keep holiday visits warm, happy, and safe.

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