"As a parent I know that and as a toy manufacturer I'm aware of that and we want to make sure that parents are aware of what's in the package," says Brian Turtle, the founder of Endless Games. "Where there are small parts, we like to put that right on the box. In fact we are required to do that."
Here are some simple tips to avoid that trip to the hospital.
- Always check the age recommendation for toys, and only buy what's appropriate for your child
- Check for small or loose parts that could cause choking hazard
- Plastic sacks could cause suffocation
- Beware of product recall information
- Battery operated toys should be secure so child can't get to the batteries
- Small magnets on the fridge are also dangerous. If swallowed, they can cause major damage to a child's intestines that can sometimes be deadly
- Children under 5 should avoid marbles, coins, tiny balls, hard candy, gum, or any small round objects that can lodge in the airway and cut off breathing
- Some other items to avoid are buttons, beads, balloons, scissors or lighters. It's best to just keep those things out of sight
When your child is old enough to enjoy bikes, skateboards, or scooters, helmets are a necessity.
Preventable injuries are the #1 killer of children in the United States, but kids will be kids. They will run and jump, slip and fall, and that's just part of being a kid. If you follow some basic safety guidelines, you can hopefully help protect your child and avoid serious injury. You can even save their life.