The month of December is most often associated with the Holidays, and a season of giving. Most of us probably still think fondly back to the feeling of waking up on Christmas morning and getting excited as you see the presents under the tree.
But as we strive to recreate that magic for our kids this year, we cannot overlook the dangers that some toys can bring.
We often don’t associate toys with safety hazards, but the folks behind Safe Toys and Gifts Month want to remind you to be careful when gifting toys to children during the season of giving, as some toys may be dangerous for kids.
With all the different types of toys on the market today, it is sometimes hard to predict what brands or types of toys are going to present problems for your children. With that being said, here are a couple general tips to keep in mind for some common types of toys you might see around Christmas time:
Choking hazards. Perhaps the most common concern when it comes to toys, choking is a very real danger with a lot of small action figures, dolls, and other toys that include small or intricate parts. Balloons also pose a choking hazard for small children, as a deflated or popped balloon can be deadly if swallowed.
Be sure to discard all deflated balloons promptly, and avoid intricate, small toys for young children.
Riding toys and accidents. Bikes, scooters, skateboards and the like are excellent gifts for young children, but they also come with their own set of dangers.
Riding accidents can leave a young child with bruises, broken bones, and much worse. The use of training wheels when able, as well as helmets and other padding is paramount in keeping your child safe while they enjoy their new riding toy.
Avoiding a nasty shock. In the age of electronics, a lot of modern toys involve electricity in some form, and subsequently need to be charged.
Never let a young child operate electronics or go near a wall socket alone. Children’s activities with electronic toys should be closely monitored by an adult to prevent shock and other associated dangers.
Beware of Projectiles. Toy guns, sling-shots, and any other toy that sends something flying through the air can be a great danger to your and your children's eyesight. Please exercise caution with these toys and encourage your children to never point them at or near faces.
Other safety tips to be aware of:
- Discard of all plastic wrappings from toy packaging to prevent choking hazards
- Keep toys that are meant for older children separated from younger children
- Strings and straps on toys and props can strangle children
- Magnets are a choking hazard, and can cause intestinal damage if swallowed
The Holiday season is in full force, and as we gear up for all the festivities, it’s important to keep the little ones in mind. No one wants to spend their Holidays in the hospital because of a small oversight. So please, be cautious of your toy selection this holiday season, and make this joyous time a safe and happy one for your children, and yourself.