The Consumer Reports have indicated that recent researches conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show that 263,300 child injuries associated with toys were reported in 2011 alone.
The federal agency estimated that the toy-related injuries resulted in 13 deaths also in the year of 2011. Due to this reality, the Consumer Reports decided to publish a list of tips that could help parents to avoid toy-related injuries.
According to the article, parents should always remember of the risks associated with magnets, whether they are part of larger toys or not, these items could be swallowed by children, which could then pose a serious health risk once the magnet is inside of the child’s system. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1,700 incidents associated with magnets were reported between the years of 2009 and 2011. The federal agency urges parents to keep children who are younger than 14-years-old away from any toys with magnets.
The agency also encourages parents to keep in mind that they should avoid allowing their children to play with small balls, marbles and toys with small pieces altogether. The company has indicated that if the item fits through a toilet-paper tube, it will pose a choking hazard to a small child.
Once the child has swallowed a marble or a small ball, it could be extremely difficult for the parent to remove the item from the child’s throat, which could eventually cause the child to choke.
Parents should always follow the recommendations stated in the toy’s box. Age recommendations and your reasonable judgment should be consulted before purchasing a toy that poses a serious risk to your young child. By being cautious and following the CPSC’s “Which toy for which child” guides, your child will be safe from the risks associated with several types of toys that could pose serious risks to their health and well-being.
The Consumer Reports also recommends parents to never buy used toys or child products. Most of the time, used products do not come with safety manual, which could pose a risk since the parent may not be able to safely avoid an incident by not knowing specifications on the product. Without a proper safety instruction manual, the parent may not be aware of certain risks associated with the improper use of the toy or device, which could eventually lead to an injury.
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