The holidays are here, and you’re on the hunt for memorable gifts for your children. As you shop, be sure toy safety is top of mind.
In 2017, emergency rooms in the United States treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries, 69 percent of which occurred to children 12 years old or younger, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Parents can prevent many injuries by letting common sense and safety guide them in their quest for gifts. Most importantly, make sure the toys you select are good fits for your children’s ages and abilities. A toy with many small, detachable parts, for example, is a poor choice for a toddler, who may be tempted to put them in her mouth and run the risk of choking.
Age and stage of development aren’t the only factors to consider when picking out toys. Consider these tips to help you make smart choices in the store and keep play safe at home:
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