‘Tis the season for holiday cheer, but also holiday safety! Because the month of December is the most popular month for gift-giving, it is important to keep safety in mind as you shop for the little ones in your life.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), children and adolescents in the United States suffered over 1 million toy-related injuries that needed medical care between 2015 and 2018. However, most of these injuries happen to younger children, with the highest rate of toy-related injuries occurring between the ages of 1 and 4. For these children, the most common injury diagnoses were cuts, contusions/abrasions, fractures, strain/sprains, internal injuries, and foreign body removals. However, the biggest risk for young children is choking on small toys or small parts of larger toys.
Nevertheless, toys help children learn, develop, and explore their surroundings. While most toys are safe, some toys can lead to injuries. These injuries can be caused by a mistake in the product design or if the toy is used in a way that does not follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
When used safely, toys and games can be tons of fun for kids and adults. Whether the child in your life likes playing with building blocks or working on puzzles, it is important to know the facts about toy safety.
We understand how amazing the feeling is to watch your loved one open a gift and see their eyes light up with excitement. So before making any purchases this year, keep safety in mind, so the holidays don’t turn from the happiest time of the year to the scariest! Please go to Page 4 to view our toy safety checklist!