Experts give toy safety tips for the holidays

Experts give toy safety tips for the holidays
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The holidays are usually very toy-heavy for the kids. It’s also quite the rush of tasks for parents, so some additional safety tips will help.

Especially when or if you’re still buying gifts. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 160 000 kids ended up in the emergency room this year because of toy-related injuries, KOB4 reports.

There were also sadly 17 toy-related deaths, ages 15 or younger. Some of them are due to accidents with scooters and bikes. As a result, the Commission recommends that when parents buy such gifts, to also pair them up with the proper safety gear.

Small toys are also dangerous if they aren’t age appropriate. Toddlers and babies for example shouldn’t play with toys which have small parts that can come off.

These toys also should have additional safety features like being from nontoxic materials. As the youngsters could chew them.

It’s not difficult to follow these tips, you just need to be more vigilant. Pay attention to the labels on the toys and their packaging. This will help you pick the right ones for your kids.