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Toy Safety Tips To Consider During The Holiday Season

January 16, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Toy Safety Tips To Consider During The Holiday Season

Purchasing toys during the holidays is a fun and thrilling way of enhancing the holiday experience for children. That said, one of the best ways to enjoy a carefree and accident free holiday season is to choose toys carefully. As such, parents should choose to purchase toys that are age-appropriate and that fit the abilities, skills and interest level of the child that will ultimately enjoy the toy. For example, toys that are age inappropriate or too advanced can cause a potential safety hazard for young children.

Choking Hazard

Equally important is to ensure that children that are under the age of 10 do not have access to toys that must be plugged into an electric socket. A better option is to choose toys that are battery operated. This is a simple and easy way to avoid injury caused by burns or electrical shocks. Another major concern for parents is the possibility of a choking hazard occurring because of toys that have small for intricate pieces. Small parts that make up games or toys can easily cause a choking hazard in young children of various ages.

Stomach And Intestinal Injuries

Another major concern that has gained exposure in the media in recent years is the danger of children swallowing magnets or button sized batteries. This is a very serious problem that can cause life-threatening stomach and intestinal injuries. Parents should make it a point to keep magnets and button batteries away from young children. As an added note, any time an unfortunate event happens and a child does indeed swallow a magnet or a button battery it is critical to contact a healthcare provider immediately.

Safe Location

Finally, when purchasing toys that have pull strings it is a good idea to only purchase toys that have a string that is less than 12 inches in length. This is an important consideration so as to prevent a strangulation hazard in young children and babies. Parents should always store toys in a safe location and allow children to play with toys only under adult supervision. A locked toy chest or a high shelf is often an excellent option in this regard. Contact Hastings and Hastings today if you or someone you know has been injured because of the negligence of another individual or a corporation. Hastings and Hastings is a Phoenix Arizona based personal injury attorney.