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.