Thursday, November 13, 2008
Toy Safety Tips Before Shopping for Holiday Gifts
As the holiday gift giving season gets closer, the CPSC was to encourage parents and gift buyers to check their list of toy safety list - twice. Today, CPSC issued its annual holiday safety messages, joined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Safe Kids Worldwide, to remind parents to be diligent when making holiday shopping choices.
“CPSC, CBP and industry activity has been with one goal in mind, to keep the toys our children play with the safest in the world” said Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. “Vigorous inspection of toys, testing and law enforcement have made toys the safest this season.”
For 2007, the Commission has reports of 18 toy-related deaths and CPSC staff estimates that there were about 170,100 hospital emergency-room treated toy-related injuries to children under 15. Most of the deaths were associated with airway obstruction from small toys, drowning, or motor vehicle accidents during play. Most of the injuries were lacerations, contusion and abrasions; the head and face was the area most frequently affected.
The top 5 toy hazards:
With the increased popularity of second-hand stores and on-line vendors, gift-givers should be especially vigilant to prevent the sale or purchase of hazardous products that have been recalled, banned or do not meet current safety standards. Before placing products in the second-hand market, check its recall status at www.cpsc.gov. Buyers should make sure their gifts do not include any of the recalled toys or children's products on CPSC's web site.