During this time of the year, children are excited about Christmas, in anticipation of the toys they will receive, yet if not properly selected, toys chosen may cause injury, and even death. In 2018, an estimated 226,100 toy-related emergency department-treated injuries and 17 toy-related deaths occurred among children younger than 15. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) strict enforcements and toy recalls inform consumers about the removal of faulty products from the distribution chain, protecting children from unreasonable risks, serious injury or worse.
December is Safe Toys & Gifts Month. Prince William County Fire and Rescue System Chief Tim Keen, in conjunction with CPSC, urges individuals to carefully select toys prior to purchase to reduce toy-related injuries and deaths. During the holiday season and throughout the year, follow these simple safety tips when purchasing toys:
- Choose age appropriate toys by reading the age label on the toy.
- With scooters and other riding toys, supervision is key, along with proper safety gear that includes helmets.
- Although not considered a toy, hoverboards should be compliant with the UL 2272 safety standard.
High powered magnet sets are dangerous and should be kept away from children under 14.
Before discarding that gift list, make sure items purchased DO NOT appear on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's recalled toys or children's products list. Throughout the year, residents should check their homes and toy boxes for previously recalled toys.
For more information, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website, or call the Commission at (800) 638-CPSC (2772) (TTY 800-638-8270).
To report an unsafe product, visit the Safer Products website.