‘Giving smart: keep your kids safe this holiday season

By The Pulse Dec 6, 2013

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Nearly 500 kids go to the emergency room every day because of toy-related injuries. Follow these toy safety tips from safekids.org to keep your child’s Christmas break healthy and happy.

1. Check for choking hazards: If you have young children, make sure the new toy is age appropriate and has no small  parts. This is particularly important with board games, which should be kept away from curious toddlers.

2. Mind the batteries: More than 2,800 kids are treated each year for swallowing lithium button batteries. As our electronic devices get smaller, there are more and more of them, in singing greeting cards, watches, thermometers, calculators, key fobs and many other household items. They are also found in many Christmas toys or ornaments. Seal compartments with duct tape to prevent young fingers from prying batteries out. If you suspect a child has swallowed a
battery, go to the hospital immediately. Do not try to induce vomiting.

3. Add a helmet: If you are giving a riding toy—bike, skateboard or scooter for example—wrap the appropriate helmet and other safety gear, and give it as part of  the gift.

4. Research the recalls: Check the latest recalls for unsafe toys at recalls.gov. You can also sign up for Safe Kids’ recall email alerts at safekids.org.

Save the Date!

Safe Kids of Central Wyoming presents the Kohl’s Winter Safety Event on Monday, Jan. 20. We will give away ski helmets and offer fittings, give out passes to Hogadon’s Learn to Ski or Snowboard event and provide winter safety lessons. Visit our website or call (307) 577-7904 for more information.

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