HEALTH REPORT: Avoiding holiday dangers

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The happy chaos of the holidays can be exhausting, exhilarating, and distracting - especially when there are children running around.
Rhiannon Walker takes a look at some ways to keep little ones safe this holiday season.
Don't let the hustle and bustle of the holidays leave child safety overlooked. Doctor Purva Grover of Cleveland Clinic Children's says safety starts when decorating the tree.
Dr. Purva Grover; Doctor at Cleveland Clinic Children's>>: "The ornaments, you know, they're beautiful but we want to think about the little ones around and we want to think about what are, what are the things they can grab on?"
Small children may break fragile, glass ornaments and cut themselves, so it is best to place anything breakable and the top of the tree.
The same goes for ornaments that contain small items that a child could swallow.
The toy under the tree should get a safety check as well.
Dr. Purva Grover; Doctor at Cleveland Clinic Children's>>: "It's very important to read the labels to make sure that it's age appropriate and not just age appropriate for the child you are giving the gift for, the present is intended to be for, but also for siblings around."
Doctor Grover warns to be wary of sharp edges, small pieces, magnets, button batteries, and the wrapping material.
Dr. Purva Grover; Doctor at Cleveland Clinic Children's>>: "The plastic wrappings, you know, all the wrapping paper you get - a huge suffocating risk for little kids around.
Ribbons, strings, and bags should be thrown away once a toy is unwrapped.
And if you are cooking, it is a good idea to safeguard the stove.
Dr. Purva Grover; Doctor at Cleveland Clinic Children's>>: Always try to make sure that the pan and the handle is turned away, then at least the danger of the pan handle and the whole contents falling on them is lower"
The oven can also pose a tipping danger to small children if they tug or climb on the door. Doctor Grover says and anti-tip bracket can easily prevent this type of accidents.
For this week's health report, I'm Rhiannon Walker.