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Store dangerous chemicals and cleaners out of reach or ensure that you have safety locks on the cupboards.
Put medications away in a locked cupboard or container well out of reach.
Remove medications from bedside tables if you are in the habit of keeping them there and secure them in a safe place
Put your handbag well out of reach if you keep things like cigarettes or medications in it
If you have a swimming pool, ensure that the gate is secured and if children are swimming, that they have adequate adult supervision
If you have guests who are smokers, designate an area outside of the house where they can smoke, making sure it is well away from non-smokers and children
Provide deep ashtrays or containers filled with sand that also has a lid with a slot for smokers to dispose of their cigarettes. Cigarette butts can be toxic to small children
Check the toy for sharp points or edges, small parts that can be swallowed, strings or cords that could cause strangling if the child wraps it around their neck.
Be careful not to leave ribbons and scissors laying around after you have finished wrapping gifts to prevent a child from injuring themself.
Don't advertise to burglars what gifts you have purchased by leaving empty containers or packaging outside the house. Unfortunately Christmas time is an opportunistic time for thieves to rob houses and vehicles, so please be security conscious and don't leave items around that might entice someone to commit a crime.
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Be aware that some of these may be painted with lead paint and should be kept out of the reach of small children.