The holiday season is generally a time to spread warmth and cheer, and many people do this by giving gifts to those whom they love. When the recipients of these gifts are children, however, putting some thought into safety can be essential to ensuring that a gift doesn’t end up causing harm.
That’s because, as officials at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have pointed out:
- Last year, about 183,800 toy-related injuries and 11 toy-related deaths were reported to federal authorities.
- So far in 2015, there have been 25 toy recalls issued by the CPSC in the U.S.
Essential Toy Safety Tips for the Holidays
To avoid endangering your little loved ones this holiday season (or anytime you are getting them gifts), here are some essential toy safety tips to remember:
- Look for age-appropriate gifts – A number of toy manufacturers specifically print “appropriate ages” on toy packaging, so look for these guidelines as you are shopping for children’s gifts. Focus on selecting a gift that fits the age of the recipient. If you are not sure about a certain gift and/or can’t find the manufacturer’s age guidelines on the packaging, look for something else, rather than risking it.
- For smaller children, avoid gifts with high-powered magnets, balloons or small parts – All of these elements can easily be swallowed by younger children, possibly causing them serious damage (such as suffocation or internal bleeding). Toys or items with high-powered magnets, balloons or small parts should generally be reserved for children who are at least 8 years old (according to the CPSC).
- Consider giving safety equipment with certain types of gifts – If you are thinking about getting your little loved ones something they can ride – like a trike, a bike, a scooter or a powered-vehicle, consider also giving a helmet, elbow/knee pads and other essential safety gear to go along with the main gift. You can also coordinate with other family members to have them give the safety equipment so that a child will be equipped to safely enjoy his or her new bike or ride.
- Be cautious of purchasing used or second-hand toys – The real risk here can lie in possibly purchasing toys that have been subject to a recall. So, be cautious when buying used toys. And be aware that you can check for toy recalls (by manufacturer) via this online CPSC tool.
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