Safe Toys and Gifts Month

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Jim Leach, LC – Unhappy Golfing

With the holiday season upon us, toy sales are at a high which raises concerns of the safety of toys and gifts that may pose serious danger to children without many even realizing. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2014 saw approximately 251,800 toy-related injuries throughout U.S. emergency rooms, 42% of those were classified as lacerations, abrasions, or contusions.

When out shopping for toys and other gifts for children this season, make sure to take caution, play it safe, and shop smart. Of those toys that cause injury to children, the following have been found to be most harmful:

  • Balloons are one of the top items that cause young children to choke or suffocate.
  • Toys with small parts as these may pose a choking hazard.
  • Scooters or other toys you ride on are the cause of many falls, although common these falls can also be deadly. If you choose a gift of this sort, make certain you also supply proper safety gear.
  • Magnets may be dangerous to children if high-powered. For small children, this also includes any play set containing small magnets.

Once unwrapped and opened, make certain to discard all wrapping and/or packaging. Additionally, children playing with a gift that requires battery charging should be supervised as it may cause a hazard.

Many injuries can be prevented through proper supervision. If your child has sustained an injury due to a defective toy, contact the Parkersburg attorneys at Jim Leach, L.C., by calling 1-304-865-8530 today.