With many toys being given as gifts during the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to take into account how keep kids safe while they’re having fun.
According to the latest available statistics from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; Approximately 217,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries. About half of all toy-related injuries occur to the head and face area. While most do not require hospitalization, in 2005, 20 children died due to toy-related injuries.
- Riding toys are responsible for the majority of toy injuries among children ages 14 and under, occurring when a child falls from a toy.
- Children under age three are at greater risk for choking on toys than older children, due to their tendency to put everything in their mouths. In addition, the upper airways of children under age three are smaller than those of older children.
Keeping them Safe
- Right Age for the Right Toys: Consider the age of the child when purchasing or playing with certain toys.
- Small Parts = Choking Hazards: Smaller children put things in their mouths, make sure toys are large enough not to slip down the little one’s throat. This includes dolls, game pieces, interlocking blocks, and puzzle pieces. Supervise children when at play, so you can see if something poses a danger.
- Sign Up for Recalls: Toy companies sometimes recall toys when they find something isn’t as safe as they thought. You can sign up to receive alerts that let you know if you need to send one of your toys back for safety. Visit RECALLS.govfor information on product recalls for children’s items.
- Toy Bins: It’s great to have a place to put toys once playtime is done. Consider bins or barrels without hinges or clips, so little fingers don’t get pinched or stuck.
- Want more information? Visit safekids.org.
- Has your child has been injured by a toy? Visit aftertheinjury.org.