Children can't think of Christmas without toys. But for parents, many of these toys come with dangers to children of all ages.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 120,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries every year. Walking through the aisle in toy land can be stressful enough without thinking of toy hazards, especially if you have small children. Here are some important things to remember when checking off your Christmas list.
Make sure to always check the label to see if the toy you're buying is age appropriate for your child. And make sure the toys don't have small parts or parts that can be removed that could be potentially choked on.
A big safety concern right now are hover boards. There have been several incidents of them catching on fire. The problem seems to be with their lithium-ion batteries.
Magnets aren't something you would think of as hazardous, but they are. Avoid buying toys such as building sets that have magnets for children under age six. If they were to be swallowed, it could pose serious injury or even death.
Everyone knows that ride-on toys such as bikes, skateboards, scooters or skates can be very dangerous. So, if that's on the top of your kids Christmas list, make sure to also buy helmets and knee and elbow pads. Make sure they fit properly before letting your child test out their new ride.
Air rockets, darts and sling shots might be something older kids are asking for, but improper use can result in serious eye injuries. Make sure they know what they're doing and are supervised by an adult.
Always read the instructions when putting together toys, and keep the packaging the toy came in away from children. Make sure there are no sharp edges on the toy that could cut or scratch the child.
Hopefully, these tips will keep kids safe this holiday season. But parents, the holidays aren't the only time toy safety should be a concern...it should be at the top of your to-do list every day of the year.
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