While your children are most likely making their list for Santa and their eyes may light up over all the shiny toys on the market this time of year – you need to remember that some of these items account for hundreds of thousands of injuries each year. In 2009 alone, it was reported that there was an estimated 181,900 toy-related injuries, stating that nearly ½ of these injuries occurred in children 5 or under.
In order to keep your little ones safe please take a moment and read over some great reminders when it comes to kids, toys and safety.
- Kids 3 and under tend to put most everything in their mouth, avoid toys with small parts, they can become a choking hazard.
- Avoid marbles, and small balls that are smaller than 1.75 inches for kids under 3.
- Remember kids 3 and under pull, prod and twist toys, make sure toys with eyes, noses and other parts are secure.
- Keep in mind a child’s age when buying gifts this season
- Get rid of the plastic that toys are wrapped in; it can be a real hazard in the wrong little hands.
- Toys with long strings or cords may be very dangerous to infants and very young kids.
- Always remember projectile toys can turn into weapons and can injure eyes very easily.
It’s good to remember that protecting children from an unsafe toys is all of our responsibilities. Careful toy selection and proper supervision of kids while they play is the best way to make sure they do not get injured while playing.
Now go have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and remember its always more fun to play with a friend, so this Christmas get on your knees, crawl around, enjoying the new toys and best of all enjoy the smile you’ll see on your little ones face while you play with them.
Merry Christmas: from the staff at KidSafeInc.com.