The Better Business Bureau wants families to be safe when shopping for toys this holiday season. Selecting the right toy can be a challenge and although they are intended for fun, they can pose hazards if not handled by an age-appropriate user.
A report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) estimated there were 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2012. Of those injured, approximately 72 percent were children younger than 15 years of age.
If your shopping list includes the names of a few good boys or girls, BBB offers the following advice to ensure that the toys you give are safe:
Besides knowing how to purchase toys that are safe, it’s important to be aware of safety hazards once the toys have been opened. Once toys are opened, CPSC suggests you:
Immediately discard plastic wrapping or other toy packaging before they become dangerous play things.
Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.
Supervise all 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.
Toy Recall Hotlines:
Consumer Products Safety Commission: (800) 638-2772