Wrapping paper safety

Consumer Reports News: December 24, 2009 05:08 AM

While enjoying the gift-giving, keep your baby safe this holiday season with these easy tips:

Throw away wrapping paper. After opening gifts, toss all wrapping paper, strings, ribbon, and bows. A toddler can easily put a ribbon around her neck, a plastic bag over her head, or paper in her mouth while you are momentarily distracted.

Never throw wrapping paper into the fire. Don’t let your children throw wrapping paper into the fire (and don’t do it yourself). Fires started with wrapping paper burn rapidly and intensely, and they can create a flash fire. In addition, the inks used in wrapping paper may contain heavy-metal compounds and metallic materials, and even a small amount can pose risks when released into the air when the paper is burned.

Learn more about childproofing and safety tips while staying at Grandma's house.

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