‘Tis the season for new toys! December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, and OakBend Medical Center encourages all gift-givers to keep toy safety in mind when checking off holiday wish lists. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), hospital emergency rooms treated over a quarter of a million toy-related injuries in 2015, with 73% of those cases involving children under 15 years old. Children under three are at the greatest risk because of their tendency to put small items in their mouths, posing a choking hazard. Here are some ways to help keep the kids in your holiday safe this season:
– Avoid buying toys with excessive strings or straps. These could be a strangulation risk.
– Avoid buying toys with heating elements or battery packs without a secured cover.
– Inspect toys for brittle parts that may break off and become sharp.
– Buy age-appropriate toys for the children in your life.
– Check toy recalls before purchasing any gift. A searchable list of recalled products is available on the CPSC website.
– Always include a helmet and safety gear, sized to fit, when giving a bicycle or other riding toy as a gift.
While toy manufacturers follow strict guidelines and the USCPSC closely monitors, regulates, and issues toy safety recalls as necessary, the best line of defense are parents and other caregivers. If you experience any accidents this holiday season, our No Wait ER is here to meet your emergency needs.
Toy Safety Report 2015, United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/Toy_Report_2015_0.pdf
Choosing Safe Toys, KidsHealth.org, http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/safe-toys.html Disclaimer: The contents of this article, including text and images, are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a medical service. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health professional for medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment.