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Amica shares 5 tips for safe gift-giving this holiday season

Boy laying on floor plays with toy train on Christmas

12/04/2017

LINCOLN, R.I. - According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were approximately 240,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2016. The CPSC also reports that the toy to cause the most injuries for children under age 15 was the nonmotorized scooter.

Prevent Blindness, a national eye health and safety group, named December as Safe Toys and Gifts Month to encourage consumers to take a second look at a child’s wish list. Amica Insurance is sharing the following tips from Prevent Blindness to help find safe gifts this holiday season:

  • Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame-resistant or flame-retardant.
  • Art materials should be nontoxic.
  • Avoid toys with long strings, cords or heating elements.
  • Sports equipment should always include the appropriate protective gear, such as a helmet for a bike.
  • Ask yourself – or the child’s parents – if a toy is suitable for both the age and the individual skills and abilities of the child who will receive it. Every child is different, and what is safe for one may not be as safe for another.

About Amica Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,800 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit Amica.com.

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