11:24 AM

Holiday Tip: Toy safety awareness

The gift-giving season has arrived, with kids of all ages making their holiday wishlists known. Before buying a popular toy for the special child in your life, it's important to consider the toy’s safety. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in the United States, emergency rooms treated over 250,000 toy-related injuries according to the report issued last year. Of those injuries, 44 percent were to the face and head area.

Tips for toy buying:

  • Always check the product box or packaging to identify any safety warnings and the suggested age appropriateness of the toy.
  • Avoid toys that have parts that shoot/fly off.
  • Don't buy toys with cords or long strings for infants and young children as they can easily get wrapped around a child's neck.
  • Purchase toys that will stand firm if dropped and will not break into dangerous shards.
  • Be sure that crayons or markers are labeled "non-toxic.”
  • If a toy can fit in a toilet paper roll, it is not meant for children under three years of age.

It’s important to supervise young children when they’re playing with a new toy to see how they interact with it and survey any potential hazards. Knowing what’s safe for your kids helps everyone have a happy and healthy holiday.