Vanderbilt offers safe toy tips
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 2:56 pm
With the holiday shopping season upon us, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt offers critical safety tips to those buying gifts for children.
Purnima Unni, MPH, CHES, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program manager at Children's Hospital,wants to remind gift-givers of the importance of keeping the child's age in mind while shopping for toys this holiday season.
"When shopping for children, it's important to do your research on the safest toy options," Unni said. "All toys should have an age recommendation on the packaging, and it's important to read labels carefully, especially for children under age 3."
Are you buying new toys? Make sure they are age appropriate.Check to make sure there aren't any small parts or other potential choking hazards. Products are given age recommendations for safety reasons, so stick to the suggested ages and keep in mind each child develops at his or her own pace. Also:
Are you buying a new bike? Don't forget the helmet. Ride-on toys often result in the highest number of toy-related injuries. Bikes, scooters, skateboards and other riding toys should always be accompanied by helmets and adult supervision.
Are you buying new electronics? Keep an eye on button batteries. Each year in the U.S., more than 2,800 children are treated in emergency rooms after swallowing button batteries - that's one child every three hours. Keep lithium battery-controlled devices - remote controls, calculators, watches, key fobs, flameless candles, musical greeting cards, flashing holiday jewelry or decorations - out of sight and reach of children.
Are you buying a new TV? Don't forget the wall mount. If you purchase a new TV for the holidays or if you have one at home, it is crucial to properly secure it to prevent tipping. Mounting your TV is also a safe solution. A CPSC report cites that from 2011 - 2013, an average of 11,000 children under age 18 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving TVs, and 279 people were killed by falling TVs over a 13-year span.
Additional items to avoid this shopping season: