Consumers should prioritize safety when purchasing toys, especially online, as e-commerce retailing grows for holiday sales.
The CPSC's recent report on Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries emphasizes the importance of toy safety for children of all ages. In 2022, there were 11 deaths and approximately 145,500 ED-treated injuries associated with toys for kids 12 and under. Non-motorized scooters caused the highest number of injuries, with 35,400 cases across various age groups.
Please keep in mind these safety tips during this holiday season, and throughout the new year.
Toys are age-rated for safety, not for children's intellect and physical ability, so it is important to choose toys within the correct age range.
When selecting toys for children under 3, ensure that they do not have small parts that could pose a choking risk.
For children under 10, it is advisable to avoid toys that require being plugged into an electrical outlet for safety reasons.
Be cautious about toys containing button batteries or magnets, as these can be harmful or even fatal if swallowed by children.
When giving scooters and other riding toys, it is essential to provide appropriate safety gear, such as helmets, which should be worn at all times and sized correctly for optimal protection.
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