Did you know December is national safe toys and gift month? Considering December is the biggest gift-giving month throughout the world, it’s important to make sure you are giving safe toys and gifts to play with.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported an estimated 254,200 toy-related injuries treated in the U.S. hospital emergency departments.
When shopping for gifts and toys this holiday season be aware of potentially dangerous toys!
Although festive and colorful, balloons are one of the leading causes of choking deaths to children in the U.S. Accidents involving balloons can be preventable by educating children about the dangers of balloons. Be careful when blowing up balloons because they can get sucked into their mouths while trying to inflate them. Kids can also swallow balloons if they were sucking or chewing on them. If a balloon breaks, collect the pieces immediately and dispose of them out of the reach of children.
Riding toys such as scooters, bicycles, hoverboards, and skateboards can be thrilling and fun, but also dangerous if not wearing the proper gear. Injuries caused by ride-on toys may include head trauma, broken bones, cuts, and scraps, or a sprain. Helmets and safety gear should be properly worn at all times and they should be fitted to size. It’s also important to educate children about riding in the street and to look out for cars, trucks, buses, and pedestrians.
Small Toys & Small Parts
Little toys such as small rubber balls, marbles, and even art supplies can be a choking hazard. Parents should try to steer away from beads, buttons and other small objects because they could be swallowed. When it comes to crayons, markets and paint always choose non-toxic products.
Unwrapping Gifts & Toys
For extra precaution make sure to quickly dispose of the wrapping paper, bags or ribbons after opening the presents. When the toy is opened out of the box, make sure to also dispose of the plastic, boxes, and tags. Regularly check the toys for wear and throw away damages.
It is the season of giving, be mindful of presents and toys that can potentially dangerous to young children.
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