December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

It’s very important to consider safety and age range when selecting toys for children. Prevent Blindness America hosts Safe Toys and Gifts Month each December to remind everyone of the importance of toy safety.

Preventing Eye Injuries

Accidents with toys can result in eye injuries for children. Prevent Blindness America reports that thousands of children ages 14 and younger suffer serious eye injuries, including blindness, due to toys. The organization has identified three key ways to prevent child eye injuries from toys:

  1. Only allow children to play with toys meant for their age.
  2. Teach children how to use their toys safely.
  3. Supervise children when they play.

If a toy is broken, repair it or throw it away. Store toys properly to prevent falls and avoid unnecessary risks.

Toy Safety Tips

Be sure to inspect toys before making a purchase. Look out for small pieces, parts that fly off, and sharp edges, particularly if you’re buying a toy for a young child. Small parts like magnets and button batteries can cause serious injury or fatality if ingested, and young kids often put things in their mouths. Small pieces can also increase the risk of choking.

Toys shouldn’t be flimsy; look for an item that can stand up to impact without breaking or being pulled apart easily. If you’re gifting crayons or markers, check to make sure they are labeled nontoxic.

If you’re a parent or caregiver, you’ll also want to take a serious look at the toys your child receives. Check to be sure they are developmentally appropriate. Make sure the toys have passed a safety inspection; check for the “ATSM” label, which means the toy has met standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Older toys may contain lead paint. If you suspect your child has been exposed to lead, call your doctor.

After gifts are opened, throw away any toy packaging or plastic wrapping. It can be hazardous to young children.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.