Safety first when shopping for toddlers

POSTED: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 3:37pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

Approximately 50 percent of all toys are purchased between the Friday after Thanksgiving, and Christmas. While parents race to get the news toys available for their children, safety should be at the top of their wish lists.

Trauma injury prevention specialist says that parents select toys that meet each child's "age, skill, and ability level".

Just last year, there was approximately 186,000 toy-related injuries that required emergency room treatment  for children ages 15 and younger. Many of these injuries were caused by falling, choking, and strangulation.

Child safety specialists say that painted toys could contain lead, and should be avoided when shopping for a small child. Sometimes, the quality of a toy can affect a child's safety, when the toy starts falling apart and paint begins to chip off.

They also say, to "shop with a reputable dealer, and the manufacturer is one that you recognize. Read the instructions and labels, and look for those age restrictions." When toys are purchased for older children, make sure that the toddler can not access those toys.

For more information on toy safety, visit www.safekids.sw.org.

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