November 2013 Health Tips # 4

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HEALTH TIPS

By: Kimberly Crawford

Safe Toys for Kids

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and Christmas is almost here. Parents have eagerly purchased gifts that their children will be ripping open on Christmas. But, when it comes to toys and gifts, the lowest sale price may not be the safest for children.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates in its most recent report that hospital emergency rooms treated 262,300 toy-related injuries in 2011 throughout the U.S.

  • 74% of injuries were to those less than 15 years of age; 70% occurred to children less than 12 years of age, while 35% happened to children 5 and under.
  • 44% of emergency injuries are classified as lacerations, abrasions, and contusions.
  • 45% of the estimated injuries were to the head and face area.
  • Males accounted for 154,800 – 59% of the estimated toy-related injuries in 2011.

 

By following these easy tips we can keep the holidays happy, and prevent accidents this Christmas:

  • Buy age-appropriate toys
  • Look for toys and other gifts that meet ASTM safety standards
  • Review warnings on the toy’s box
  • Avoid shooting toys that have pieces that shoot or fly off
  • Remember that BB guns, air guns, and paintball guns are not really toys
  • Buy toys that can withstand impact and not break into dangerous pieces
  • Store toys properly after play to avoid risks and falls
  • Supervise children’s craft projects, especially those involving scissors and glue

 

For more information on toy safety or age appropriate gifts go to: www.preventblindness.org

Be informed, be aware, be safe and healthy!

If there is a health subject you would like to see information on, please contact Kimberly Crawford at 573-748-5046 or email: kcrawford@semohealthnetwork.org

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