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More than a quarter of a million Americans were treated in the ER for toy-related injuries in just one year

Last year, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report stating that there were an estimated 254,200 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. An estimated 88,700 of those injuries were to children younger than age 5. And, 45 percent of the total injuries were to the head and face area, the area of the body with the most injuries.

To help shoppers select appropriate gifts this holiday season that emphasize eye safety, Prevent Blindness has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness month and offers tips including:

Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off.

Ask yourself or the parent if the toy is right for the child's ability and age. Consider whether other smaller children may be in the home and may have access to the toy.

Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges.

Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards.

When giving gifts of sports equipment make sure that the proper sports eye protection is also included. Recommendations may be found at www.preventblindness.org/recommended-sports-eye-protectors.

Look for the letters "ASTM." This designation means the product meets the national safety standards set by ASTM International.

Read all warnings and instructions on the box.

Always supervise children and demonstrate to them how to use their toys safely.

If purchasing sunglasses, make sure they are labeled as 100 percent UV-blocking.

Other toy safety tips include:

Do not give toys with small parts to young children. Young kids tend to put things in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking. If any part of a toy can fit in a toilet paper roll, the toy is not appropriate for children under the age of 3.

Do not purchase toys with long strings or cords, especially for infants and very young children as these can become wrapped around a child’s neck.

Always dispose of uninflated or broken balloons immediately.

Do not purchase toys with small magnets. Magnets, like those found in magnetic building sets and other toys, can be extremely harmful if swallowed. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect a child may have swallowed a magnet.

Ensure any batteries are securely in place.

Ensure all art materials are labeled as “nontoxic.”

“When giving the gift of sports equipment, Prevent Blindness strongly urges also providing sports eye protection,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. “An eyecare professional can provide guidance for the best protection for each sport and athlete.”

For more information on safe toys and gifts for children, please visit preventblindness.org/safe-toy-checklist. For more information on sports eye protection and safety, please visit www.preventblindness.org/sports-eye-safety or call (800) 301-2020.

About Prevent Blindness

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020. Or, visit us on the web at www.pbohio.org or facebook.com/pbohio.

Date Published: December 7, 2017

 

Prevent Blindness, Ohio

 

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