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Keep your children safe this holiday season

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The holidays are a joyous time of year for many families. Kids love the magic of the season, especially the presents, decorations and treats. But some toys can be dangerous, especially for infants and toddlers. Below are a few tips from First 5 Placer to keep children safe. Watch out for small toys like marbles and beads that a young child can swallow. Read toy labels. By following appropriate age guidelines on toy labels, you’ll know what to look for to keep your kids safe. Check holiday lights. make sure there are no damaged wires or loose connections. Avoid sharp or breakable ornaments. and keep decorations far from curious toddlers. Clean-up wrapping. Don’t forget that a child can choke on wrapping paper, bows and ribbons. Clean up these items right after you wrap or open gifts. Keep matches and lighters locked away, and burning candles out of reach of children. Also, make healthy snacks like fruits and veggies available to help avoid too many cookies and candy. For more tips, contact First 5 Placer at (530) 745-1304. ~ Staff report