Toys and games are tons of fun for kids and adults. Whether your kids are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks or even inventing their own games, here are a few things to think about to help them stay safer and have a blast.
Approximately, 516 kids are seen in emergency departments for toy related injuries every day. More than a third of those injured were children 5 and under.
How To Buy Safe Toys
1. Avoid toys with magnets.
Magnets can cause severe internal damage if swallowed. If your child
swallows more than one magnet, they can attract each other through
layers of tissue and damage your child’s internal organs.
2. Make sure batteries are secure.
Small, coin-sized “button” batteries are in many products around the
house, even toys. Button batteries can cause serious chemical burns when
swallowed and even lead to death, all within as little as 2 hours. Make sure
your child is unable to access the batteries in the toy.
3. Buy a helmet.
If you will be giving a ride-on toy such as a scooter or bike, buy a helmet to
go with it. Children need to wear the proper safety gear with all ride-on
toys and scooters are no exception. Helmets can reduce the risk of head
injuries by 85%.
4. Be a label reader.
Look for labels that give age recommendations and use that information as a guide. The packaging has important information about whether the toy will be safe for your child. Make sure that the toy is nontoxic and age appropriate for your child. Even if you think your child is smart enough or ready, the age guidelines are there for a reason. Also, read the directions so you can show your child how to properly use the toy.
5. Listen for loud noise.
Loud toys can permanently damage children’s sensitive ears. If the toy is too loud for you, it is too loud for your child. Take the batteries out of toys that are too loud or avoid them all together.