Smart giving: Mind these toy safety rules when choosing Christmas presents

By The Pulse Dec 2, 2015

Nearly 500 kids go to the emergency room every day because of toy-related injuries. When giving toys for Christmas presents this year, think about these toy safety tips from safekids.org to ensure a safe and happy holiday.

Christmas presents1. 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.

Anna Edwards is the grant coordinator for the Safe Kids & Safe Communities programs at Wyoming Medical Center. She has more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit program development and management. She is the mother of a very active toddler. When she’s not running after her daughter, Anna spends her time reading, gardening and managing her growing obsession with yarn. Email her at aedwards@wyomingmedicalcenter.org or call (307) 577-7904. 

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