Content Summary for The Toy Safety Infographic
2014: CPSC received 11 reports of toy related deaths. All victims were younger than 12.
64% Riding toys were associated with seven of the reported deaths. All were due to motor vehicle involvement.
251800: Toy-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments.
69% Occurred to children 12 or younger.
34% Occurred to children 5 or younger.
42% Of emergency department-treated injuries were classified as lacerations, contusions, or abrasions.
44% Estimated injuries were to the head and face, the most commonly affected area of the body.
Approx 25% Estimated injuries were to the head and face, the most commonly affected area of the body.
Toy Safety Tips
When Buying Toys:
- Choose toys carefully.
- Keep in mind safety issues.
- Buy toys with quality design/construction.
- Consider a kids age, interests or skill level.
- Heed age recommendations.
- Look for safety labels.
- Be cautious of the risks of toys with:
- Sharp edges
- Cords and strings
- Small parts
- Toys with projectiles
- Electric toys
When Storing Toys:
- Check toys periodically for breakage or potential hazards.
- Look for edges or surfaces that might have become sharp.
- Examine outdoor toys for rust or weak parts that are hazardous.
- Teach kids to put toys away safely to prevent trips and falls.
- Check toy boxes for safety:
- Use toy chests that have lids that will not fall unexpectedly on a child.
- For extra safety, be sure there are ventilation holes for fresh air.
- Wrappings on toys should be discarded immediately.
Houses with Small Children:
- Be aware of all things that are sharp or breakable.
- Keep items with small parts out of the reach of children to prevent them from swallowing or inhaling small pieces.
- Avoid anything that resembles candy or food that may tempting to eat.