Organization Offers Toy Safety Tips as Holiday Shopping Gets Underway

(U.S.) – Safe Kids Worldwide is asking holiday shoppers to be mindful of a few tips while buying toys for little ones.

Officials explain that while toys and games can be a ton of fun for both kids and adults, there are a few things to think about to help keep things safe!

The Hard Facts:

In 2011, 188,400 children under the age of 15 years were seen in emergency departments for toy-related injuries. That’s 516 kids every day. More than a third of those injured were children 5 and under.

Top Tips

  1. Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game. It’s worth a second to read the instructions and warning labels to make sure it’s just right for your child.
  2. Before you’ve settled on the perfect toy, check to make sure there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards.
  3. Keep a special eye on small game pieces that may be a choking hazard for young children. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings.
  4. After playtime is over, use a bin or container to store toys for next time. Make sure there are no holes or hinges that could catch little fingers.

Experts note while these top tips can help get you started, you can find even more information here.

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