Fort Myers Injury Attorneys Offer Tips For Holiday Toy Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on December 19, 2012

Naples accident attorneyAs Fort Myers injury attorneys, we are concerned that some toys that children unwrap this holiday season could put them at risk for serious injury.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 193,200 toy-related injuries requiring emergency department-treatment occurred in children younger than 15 years of age during 2011. Tragically, there were also 13 toy-related death reports to the CPSC involving the same age group.

With this in mind, we would like to share some safety tips from the CPSC to keep in mind this holiday season:

  • Balloons - Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than 8-years-old. Discard broken balloons immediately.
  • Small balls and other toys with small parts - For children younger than age 3, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
  • Scooters and other riding toys - Riding toys, skateboards, and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times, and they should be sized to fit.
  • Magnets - High-powered magnet sets are dangerous and should be kept away from children under 14. Building & play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.

Once gifts are open:

  • Immediately discard plastic wrapping or other toy packaging before they become dangerous play things.
  • Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.
  • Adults should supervise battery charging. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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