Tis the season! As we celebrate the season of Christmas, many of us purchase toys and gifts for those we love, especially children.
Care should be given, however, to insure that the toys we give those we love are safe. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) recalls millions of toys every year. Even in this day and age, toys are still being released that are dangerous to adults and children alike.
In 2012, Take Justice Back published its list of the 10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Times. (http://www.takejusticeback.com/news/10-most-dangerous-toys-all-time) The toys on the danger list contain new favorites (CSI Investigation Kits and Hannah Montana kits) plus some old classics (atomic kits and Cabbage Patch Dolls).
Obviously, no one would purchase a toy that they think is going to hurt their child or a loved one. Despite knowing this, the CPSC has published these startling statistics:
* There were 9 deaths last year from children playing with toys;
* Six of the nine fatalities were from choking on small parts, such as parts of toy figures, a rubber ball, balloon, plastic toy food and a marble.
- Additional deaths resulted from riding toys, including an incident in which a child was hit by a truck while riding on a scooter.
- One death from a 21-month-old girl who was apparently pushing her play stroller and pushed the stroller into the pool.
The CPSC estimates that there were 188,400 toy-related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2013 to children younger than 15 years. While that is down from 2012 numbers, that is still a startling statistic.
There are some things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this season. One of the “Most Dangerous Toys of All Times” is the Magnetix Building Set. The reason it made the 10 most dangerous toys list is because of the magnets contained within the toys. If the magnets are swallowed, they will not move through the body’s systems as other toys might but, instead, have the potential of sticking together in the intestines, causing a loss of blood to major organs. Magnetic toys need to be avoided if you have children that have any chance of swallowing toys. This age range can be larger than you would suspect as one 10 year old boy suffered life threatening injuries from the Magnetix toys.
Avoid Balloons if possible. Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than eight years old. Discard torn balloons immediately.
Small balls and other toys with small parts, especially for children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
There are many websites that provide information about recalled toys. http://www.parents.com/product-recalls/toys/ and http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/ are both good sources to search for recalled products.
Our firm hopes that you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season and following these safety tips will help you do so.