12.13.2012

Make Sure Holiday Toys Are Safe

The smile on a child’s face after receiving a special toy for the holidays is priceless. However, too many toys are unsafe and should never be placed in the hands of children.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that more than 2 million units of dangerous toys and children’s products were seized in 2012 and were prevented from reaching the hands of children.

A report released recently by CPSC says 193,200 toy-related, emergency department-treated injuries to children younger than 15 years of age occurred in 2011. Many of the incidents were associated with, but not necessarily caused by, a toy. For children younger than 15-years-old, non-motorized scooters continued to be the category of toys associated with the most injuries. Frequently, these injuries involved lacerations, contusions, and abrasions to the child’s face and head.

Remember the following cautions from the CPSC when purchasing or opening toys during this holiday season:

Dangerous toys

• Balloons. Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than 8-years-old. Discard broken balloons immediately.
• Small balls and other toys with small parts. For children younger than age 3, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
• Scooters and other riding toys. Riding toys, skateboards, and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times, and they should be sized to fit.
• Magnets. High powered magnet sets are dangerous and should be kept away from children under 14. Building & play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.

Opening gifts

• Immediately discard plastic wrapping or other toy packaging before they become dangerous play things.
• Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.
• Battery charging should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging.

For more information, visit www.cpsc.gov.

If you have any questions regarding toy safety, one of our knowledgeable attorneys at Powell Law will be happy to help you.

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