Toy Safety 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:
Cords and strings
Toys with projectiles
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.