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toysafetyFinding the absolute perfect gift is one of the joyful pleasures of the holiday season. Nothing can beat witnessing the smiles and excitement of children as they unwrap their toys. We want toys that will truly impress the little ones. Yet, as we begin our holiday shopping, choosing safe toys must remain our priority.  Accidents involving toys are unfortunately quite common.  The danger is not always due to faulty design.

In 2012, there were an estimated 265,000 toy related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Forty-five percent of the estimated injuries were to the head and face area. Consequently, applying toy safety standards is crucial for the protection of children.

With the abundance of toys in stores, choosing the right toys may not always be the simplest task. Here are a few tips to help you purchase safe toys:

  • Consider the child’s age and ability, prior to purchasing a toy.
  • Remember to diligently read all safety labels.
  • Be selective when buying an electric toy. Follow age recommendations on packages; making sure the child is mature enough to operate the toy.
  • Keep in mind that toys with strings and straps may pose some risks and should not be given to young children.
  • Be aware of toys that can be used as projectiles as they can injure eyes in particular.
  • Refrain from purchasing toys that have small parts which can cause choking.
  • Give sports equipment with the appropriate protective gears.
  • Avoid purchasing toys with sharp edges or that can become dangerous if broken.

For more information on safe toys and gifts for children, be sure to consult the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) resources on http://www.cpsc.gov/ or contact CPSC Hot Line at (800)638-2772.

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