Toy-related injuries send more than 250,000 children to hospital emergency rooms each year.
As you search for the perfect gift, keep in mind the potential toy hazards. Toy safety shopping tips:
– Look for small parts, removable parts or other potential choking hazards.
– Be mindful of batteries, especially button batteries, which can burn a child’s esophagus if swallowed.
– Remove magnets, which could be swallowed or placed in noses or ears.
Follow appropriate age guidelines to help ensure a toy is safe for the child playing with it, and check the Consumer Product Safety Commission for recalls and toy hazards.
– Charlene Cobb, Sunstar Paramedics