Safe Toys and Gifts For The Holidays
December is Safe Toys And Gifts Month. It is estimated that there were nearly 252,000 serious toy-related injuries in 2012. Seventy-two percent of these injuries occurred in children who were under the age of 15. There were also 19 million toys recalled worldwide because of safety concerns.
There are a number of things you will need to consider when purchasing toys during this holiday season. Below are a few tips for making sure you purchase safe toys:
- Inspect the toys before purchasing them: You will need to thoroughly inspect all toys before you make a purchase. Avoid purchasing toys with parts that can fly off. You will also need to avoid purchasing toys with sharp points or edges.
- Avoid giving toys with small parts to children who are under the age of three: Young children have a tendency to put things in their mouth. That is why you should avoid purchasing toys with small parts for children who are under the age of three. These types of toys are a choking hazard. If toy has a piece that is small enough to fit inside of a paper towel roll, then it is too small to give to a child that is under the age of three.
- Purchase safety equipment with sports equipment: If you choose to purchase sports equipment, then you should make sure you purchase safety equipment along with it. This includes things such as helmets, gloves, elbow pads and kneepads. People who use safety equipment are much less likely to get injured while they are playing with sports.
- Buy toys that have passed a safety inspection: You should look for toys that have a ATSM label. Toys that have an ATSM label have met the safety standards that have been set by the American Society for Testing And Materials.