Many of us have been thrust full on into the chaos of holiday shopping, diving headfirst into the rush to find that much-wanted gift for our kids. But despite the excitement and joy in your kids eyes when unwrapping that brand new toy, the holidays aren’t without dangers.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 250,000 kids were sent to the emergency room in 2009 as a result of toy-related injuries, a large number of these children under the age of 5.
For the past 25 years, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group has compiled a report entitled Trouble in Toyland, an annual survey of toys that could be hazardous to children of various age groups, and has led to recalls and regulatory action. Some of these injuries include choking, strangulation, cuts from sharp edges, and even poisoning from toxic chemicals used in manufacturing.
According to the PIRG, choking is the leading cause of toy-related injuries. The Trouble in Toyland report offers safety guidelines to help parents in shopping for toys for their kids, giving examples of some of the dangers that may be present in even some of the most popular toys. The U.S. PIRG also offers a helpful interactive mobile site accessible via smartphone so you can refer to some of the hazards or recalled toys while you are out shopping.
And we’ve got some more advice for you right here at the AMW Safety Center to help you make the right decision when buying holiday presents for your kids this season.