How to keep your kids safe with a few great toy safety tips

How to keep your kids safe with a few great toy safety tipsThe holiday season means a lot more toys, a lot more fun and activities for kids. Sadly, this also means an increased risk of accidents. Or does it?

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control published several great toy safety tip. They are great to keep your kids safe not only during the holidays, but all the time.

And toy-related injuries are quite common. In 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said toy-related injuries resulted in more than 174,000 visits to the emergency room for children under the age of 15, WCNC reported.

So, the tips of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are even more important. And they are quite simple, but can make a lot of difference. So, be sure to check them out.

Toy safety tips for the holidays

1. Always pay close attention to the age recommendations on toys and choose one according to a child’s age, interest, and skill level. Also, be aware of other safety labels such as “Flame retardant/flame resistant” or “Washable/Hygienic materials” on dolls and other stuffed toys.

2. Discard the plastic wrappings from toys immediately. They become deadly playthings to small children.

3. For children 1-and-under, choose toys that are colorful, lightweight, have various textures and are made of non-toxic materials. Children this age learn through sight, touch, sound, and taste and often put things into their mouths to explore them.

4. Don’t give young children any toys with small parts, such as removable eyes, noses, etc. These are choking hazards.

5. Inspect all toys for sharp points or edges made from such materials as metal or glass. These toys should not be given to children under 8 years of age. This includes stuffed animals with wires that could stab, cut, or shock if exposed.

6. Don’t hang toys with strings, cords, or ribbons of any kind in cribs or playpens. Young children can become entangled, which can cause injury or death.

7. Teach older children to keep toys that might have removable small parts, sharp points or toys that run on electricity out of reach of younger siblings. Young children are very curious and may investigate toys that aren’t appropriate for them.

8. Keep toys and play equipment in good condition. Assure that protective gear fits appropriately, and discard any toys that are broken to prevent injuries.

9. Supervision is essential. Provide safe, hazard-free play environments both indoors and outdoors. Toys get used and abused by children – regularly conduct a toy maintenance check for safety and durability.

10. Teach children early to put toys away when they are finished playing with them. This will prevent accidental falls.

Simple, yet great stuff, that every parent should know. And applying these tips lowers the risk of injuries and lets you enjoy the holidays even more.