This is the time of year for holiday gift giving. Many of us have children on our lists and toys are a popular gift! But some toys can bring tragedy rather than joy. More than 262,000+ injuries related to toys were reported in 2011. Death by asphyxiation was most common, often resulting from choking on small parts or balloons; injuries from motorized scooters came next. You can find the full report here. http://letamericaknow.com/content/downloads/1212/toymemo11.pdf
The American Association for Justice has released its list of the 10 Most Dangerous Toys of All Time. It is hard to imagine that some very innocent looking toys can be so dangerous, but they are. http://takejusticeback.com/node/75
Never give young children small balls or balloons as they can completely block a child’s airway. This is especially true of small balls, balloons and pieces of broken balloons. We all know that most balloons end up broken. For some more hints on avoiding common toy hazards you can find an excellent article here: http://www.uspirg.org/resources/xxp/tips-toy-safety
Wishing all a happy and safe holiday season!
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