It’s the season for giving. But the wrong gift can be dangerous.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission found there were more than 152,000 toy-related injuries to children younger than 15 years old last year. These included lacerations, contusions and abrasions on childrens’ faces and heads. There were also two deaths.
The report shows nonmotorized scooters continued to be the category of toy that led to the most injuries in children under 15.
Nikki Fleming of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says, “If you choose a riding toy such as a scooter, bicycle, skateboard, be sure to also include the safety gear that goes along with it.” That includes a well-fitting helmet and pads.
When it comes to children under three, keeping small balls and toys with small parts as well as button batteries out of reach is vital. Instead, make sure to choose age-appropriate toys. Once the gifts are opened, be sure to discard plastic wrapping or packaging so young children don’t play with them.