December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated over an estimated 250,000/year toy-related injuries throughout the United States. One of the reasons why December was designated as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month is so that we keep safety in mind as we purchase toys and gifts, especially for young children.
Follow these basic rules when purchasing gifts for children this year:
- No toys with sharp objects or edges.
- Avoid darts, pellet guns and other firearms as gifts, especially to children.
- Remember to avoid toys that can be choking hazards especially for children under the age of three. Remember the rule: If it can fit through an empty toilet paper roll, then avoid it for young children.
- Avoid hard candy for young children.
- Remember to avoid toys with strings longer than 12 inches for children less than three years old as it can be a strangulation hazard.
- Avoid slingshots or other projectile type of types.
- Avoid toys with magnets for young children.
- Give children under 10 only toys with batteries and compartments that can only be opened by an adult (such as a screw sealed battery chamber) and don’t let them play with batteries. Plug-in toys should be only for older children.
- Buy durable toys that will not break or shatter into pieces or release toxic substances.
- Observe video game age-ratings. They are there for a reason.
- Read all warning labels carefully on toys and decorations.
- Remember to supervise your children at all times