A Message from

Child Care Aware of Virginia

December 2021

It's the Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

Happy holidays from Child Care Aware of Virginia!

As the weather gets colder and we celebrate our favorite holiday traditions, we want to remind you to keep safety in mind - not just during the holidays, but all year round. We've put together some tips and information to help keep you and your family safe this winter season.

Giving Gifts with Safety in Mind


Gifts and toys can be one of the most exciting parts of the holidays in a child's eyes, but as adults we need to keep our eyes on their safety. When gifting to children or looking over the gifts they received from others, keep certain precautions in mind. Children under 3-years-old, for example, shouldn't receive toys made up of small pieces they could swallow or choke on, and some antique or imported toys may contain lead.

Check the CPSC website for the latest information about toy recalls, or call their hotline at (800) 638-CPSC to report a toy you think is unsafe. See this information from our friends at Nemours KidHealth for some tips on choosing safe toys.

Choosing Safe Toys

Preventing Fires in Holiday Decorations

Making your home look festive for the holidays can be a great way to bond with loved ones and really embrace the holiday spirit, but it can also lead to a number of mishaps. Make sure you decorate with safety in mind, and be aware of where you are placing your Menorah or Kinara. See if you can identify the 6 hazards below, and click the link for more winter fire safety tips!

12 Winter Holiday Safety Tips

December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month

This holiday season, Child Care Aware of Virginia encourages you to give the gift of safe driving. The risk of being involved in an alcohol-related incident increases significantly during the holiday season, when social binge drinking is more common. Impaired driving is still the #1 cause of deaths on American roadways, but these deaths are preventable. Remember, if you feel different, you drive different.

We want all children and families to make it home safely this season. Protect your family and children by keeping them out of cars with impaired drivers and make sure they are properly secured in cars with sober drivers. See these tips for safely navigating travel during this season.

If you suspect there's an impaired driver on the road with you, be what M.A.D.D. calls a Concerned Citizen, and click the link below for more tips to protect yourself from impaired drivers.


Be Prepared for Holiday Travel

Whether it's snow, sleet, or ice, winter weather can cause dangerous road conditions. If you are planning to travel this year, preparing yourself - and your vehicle - for winter weather is key.

See these winter driving tips from the NHTSA, and learn what to put in your car's emergency kit.

Winter Driving Tips

Car Seat Safety

Winter weather means bigger coats, but did you know that those heavy coats can interfere with the harness fit on a child's car seat? When your child will be secured in a car seat, pick thin, warm layers, and place blankets or coats around your child after the harness is secure.

Check the NHTSA for more guidance on choosing a car seat or booster seat, or click the button below to find free hands-on help from a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician near you.

Safety Seat Checks

Happy Holidays from your friends at Child Care Aware of Virginia!

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