The holidays are here and that means most parents and people are finishing
up their holiday shopping - or beginning to feel the pressure! If you
have children or are planning on buying gifts for a child this holiday
season, please remember that toys can present the risk for injury. In
some cases, these injuries occur because kids are simply prone to getting
hurt. In other cases, these injuries are preventable and are caused by
dangerous and defective toys.
According to a recently released study from National Children's Hospital,
children's toys send kids to the hospital once every three minutes in the United States. This alarming statistic should remind us all that
safety needs to be the number one priority when selecting and buying toys.
The following 6 tips can help keep your children safer this holiday season:
Check for Recalls - Before buying any children's toys, be sure to check to see if there
are any recall issues.
www.recalls.gov and the
official website for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are great resources
you can use to check for recently recalled children's toys and products.
Read Product Reviews - It's a wise choice to research any toy or children's product
you plan on buying. These days, you can easily find product reviews online
for most any product. Read these reviews and watch out for any that talk
about potential dangers or injuries.
Choose Age-Appropriate Toys - Safety experts always recommend that parents look closely at age reccomendations
for children's toys, and that they consider the age and behavior of
their children before giving them certain toys. Various toys present different
dangers to kids, especially younger children.
Follow Instructions - Before you give your child a toy or product, always make sure to read directions
and manufacturer guidelines. Speak to your child about the proper way
to use the toy and make sure they understand the instructions.
Supervise Kids - You should always supervise your children when playing with toys, especially
when they are younger or when they are learning how to use a new toy for
the first time.
Beware of Riding Toys - According to the Nationwide Children's Hospital, riding toys cause
more child injuries than any other toy. These include foot powered scooters,
tricycles, wagons, and bikes. Make sure your kids wear protective gear
and have a good command of the toy before letting them ride freely.
Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. hopes that these tips will help you and your family
enjoy the holidays safely. If you have questions about preventable injuries,
dangerous children's toys, and your legal rights,
our legal team is available to provide the answers you need!