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Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Steve Wagner

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month, so we want to take a few minutes to remind you of a few things to watch out for when you are doing your holiday shopping this year, and how to avoid purchasing gifts or toys that may result in an injury.

Did you know that there were over 250,000 toy-related injuries in 2010, and that the majority of those injuries happened to children age 15 and under? Toy-related injuries can be the result of a variety of malfunctions with an item, or can be the result of improper usage, or even a choking hazard.

Here are a few tips to keep you and your kids safe this holiday, and get you thinking a bit more about what you put under your tree this year:

  • Always purchase age appropriate toys. Age recommendations are placed on toys, not as a suggestion, but as a warning for potential hazard in the event of a misuse. Often, toys may include parts that are too small for smaller children to play with, or perhaps materials that need adult supervision when handling. Don’t ignore the age recommendations.
  • Make sure you inspect all of the items you purchase. Not only should you inspect the packages to ensure they haven’t been tampered with, but when you open the toys, make sure they have fully working pieces, and double check that nothing is broken, sharp, or potentially hazardous to your child.
  • The American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) includes labels on toys to let you know they have passed a safety inspection. Check for these labels, and avoid purchasing items that are not ASTM certified.
  • If you have an age-range of children in your home, avoid purchasing toys for the older children that may be hazardous to the younger ones. Toys with small pieces or magnets can be dangerous for babies and toddlers.
  • Register your products. If a toy you purchase comes with the ability to register it, follow through with that! Registering items allows the company to contact you in the event of a recall, potentially preventing an injury to your child.

HealthTradition.com has a few more fantastic tips we think are worth a read, and we want to ask our readers to share as well. Any tips you have to offer to protect your children from a toy-related injury? Give the product liability attorneys at Wagner Reese a call if you have already sustained a toy-related injury and we can assist you with your case. You can reach us at (888) 204-8440.

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