With the holiday toy-buying season upon us and just in time to inform parents, grandparents and other who will be buying toys this season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released the report for 2011 of toy injuries.
The CPCSC works to protect children and adults from injury or death from consumer products. According to the CPSC, in 2011, there were an estimated 193,200 toy-related injuries to children under the age of 15 which required treatment in an emergency room.
Forty-four percent of the children treated in emergency rooms suffered lacerations, contusions or abrasions and nearly 50% were injuries to the head or face.
Toy related deaths are a tragedy to every family. In 2011, 54% of toy-related fatalities involved hanging, positional asphyxiation or traumatic asphyxia. These injuries are often related to balloons or small balls. 31% of the deaths involved drowning or motor vehicles.
The CPSC provides the following safety tips:
- Balloons — discard broken or deflated balloons immediately and then them away from children under the age of 8.
- Small balls — keep small balls away from children under the age of 3 because they pose a choking hazard.
- Small parts — toys with small parts like Legos can pose a choking hazard so they should be kept away from small children.
- Riding toys and skates — children can fall or go into traffic or into a swimming pool on riding toys and skates so children should be supervised and they should wear protective pads and helmets as appropriate in case of a fall.
- Magnets — can be very dangerous if they are swallowed so they should be kept away from children under the age of 14.
- Packaging — packaging should be discarded immediately because they can cause asphyxiation.
- Batteries and toys requiring chargers and adaptors — may pose a burn or electrocution hazard so children should be supervised when using these items.
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 or dangerous products and the family of those who have been killed.