Submitted by American Medical Response
Each year, more than 3 billion toys and games are sold in the United States, and more than half of those are sold during the holiday season. Although the majority of toys are safe, they can be dangerous if misused or if they fall into the hands of children who are too young to play with them. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), there were 198,000 toy-related injuries in the U.S. in 2020, with nine of those resulting in deaths.
“Toys and games are fun for children and adults,” said Tim Frost, regional director of AMR Western New York. “Whether your children are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks or even inventing their own games, there are several important safety factors to consider.”
√ Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game – read the instructions and warning labels to make sure it is appropriate for your child.
√ Check to make sure there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards.
√ Look for points, edges or breakable parts that could be sharp, and avoid those toys for kids under 8.
√ Include safety equipment if you are purchasing toys such as bicycles, skateboards or roller skates.
√ Use a bin or container to store toys to avoid tripping hazards.
Each year, the PIRG issues a “Trouble in Toyland” report that provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children, and gives examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards. The report is a great tool for parents and can be found at uspirg.org.
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