The Christmas season is here, and for many, that means buying gifts for children. While shopping for children’s Christmas gifts can be fun, it should also involve some attention to the risks and dangers that can be associated with some toys.
That’s because, according to officials at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 174,100 children (younger than 15) went to emergency rooms last year for toy-related injuries, and at least 7 of these children suffered fatal injuries.
To ensure you give a safe and fun to the children in your life this Christmas season (and beyond), here are a handful of essential safety tips to keep in mind:
- Pick an age-appropriate toy – Toy labels typically indicate the minimum age a child should be in order to safely play with a given toy. Be especially careful if you are buying gifts for those younger than 5. For these younger children, it’s best to avoid toys with small parts, electric cords and/or powerful magnets.
- Include safety gear with the gift – If you are planning on giving a gift that a child can ride (like a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or roller skates), make sure you include a helmet, elbow/knee pads and any other safety gear a child should wear when using that gift. If that is not in your budget, coordinate with other adults, asking them to get some safety gear that can go with the gift.
- Read the instructions & warnings on toy packaging – Before making a purchase, check the instructions to make sure the toy is something that a child can safely use (based on his or her skill set, coordination, etc.). Also, carefully read the warnings associated with the toy to see if there are any major issues or risks associated with a toy.
- Check for recalls – All too frequently, recalled toys can remain in circulation (especially if those toys are purchased at second-hand stores, garage sales, etc.). To make sure you aren’t buying a recalled toy, do a quick search using the CPSC’s recall search tool.
- Set up multi-part toys for children – This is especially important when toys come with electronic components or parts that have to be charged prior to use.
- Examine toys before children play with them – This can alert you alert you to any cracks, damage, defects or problems a toy may have.
Also, please be aware that IF your child (or anyone) is harmed by a dangerous, toxic or risky toy or product, you can turn to an attorney at Mayo Law, P.A. for answers about your legal options for recovery. We can help you hold negligent toy makers and/or others accountable for the harm their dangerous products cause you and/or your loved ones.
Contact a Middlesex County Personal Injury Lawyer at Mayo Law, P.A.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by any risky product, toy or device, contact a Middlesex County personal injury lawyer at Mayo Law, P.A. by calling (732) 613-3100 or (888) MAYO-LAW or by emailing our firm.
We are ready to explain your options for financial recovery and justice. Initial consultations are free, and we do not charge any legal fees until or unless compensation is secured.