https://www.washingtoninjuryattorneyblog.com/dangerous_products/Are you joining the crowds on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year? If you’re buying toys for the children in your life, you’ll want to purchase age-appropriate toys and make sure they are safe. Avoid toys that can be misused and result in serious injury or even death to the children you love.
The following are some safety concerns that you should be aware of:
Plastic film — some toys have a plastic film covering on mirrors or other surfaces so they won’t get scratched during shipping. You should be sure to remove plastic films because they can pose a choking hazard. According the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), several children nearly choked on the plastic film after putting it into their mouths.
Strings and Straps — strings and straps on toys including guitar straps, necklaces, cords, or ribbons can pose a strangulation hazard. Make sure that straps are only on toys for older children and that they are removed on toys for younger children.
Magnets — magnetic toys and batteries can cause very serious intestinal injuries to young children. Toys such as magnetic building sets have been known to cause serious injuries and even death in young children who have ingested magnets. You should also be careful to make sure that magnets that are components in other toys do not fall out. Magnets can cause perforations, twisting and blockage in the intestines.
Electric toys — electrical toys should not be given to very small children, especially those under the age of 8. For toys that require the use of an electrical plug, children should be taught how to disconnect the toy safely and should be supervised in their use.
Balloons — balloons pose a suffocation or choking hazard to small children. Broken balloons can be inhaled and cause choking. Children under the age of eight should not play with un-inflated balloons and any parents and caregivers should collect all pieces of broken balloons.
Toy Buying Tips
- Read labels — read the labels provided on the toy you are purchasing and make the toys is age appropriate.
- Don’t buy large toys for small children — do not purchase toys with small parts for small children to avoid choking hazards.
- Avoid shooting Toys – avoid shooting toys which can cause eye injuries.
- Avoid loud toys — very loud toys can injure a child’s hearing.
- Plastic toys — make sure that plastic toys are made of quality plastic so that they do not break easily and cut a child.
- Avoid toxic materials — make sure that toys are marked “non-toxic”.
- Crib toys — be careful when buying crib toys so that any strings or wires could pose a strangulation hazards.
- Make sure electric toys are UL Approved.
Let the holidays be joyous and safe by purchasing age-appropriate and safe toys.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by defective products and the family of those injured.