-More Than 262,000 Were Treated in U.S. Hospital Emergency Departments in 2011 from Toy-related Injuries-
HOUSTON (Nov. 26, 2013) – As widely reported, an increasing number of major retailers across the country plan to open on Thanksgiving in order to give shoppers a jump on their holiday shopping. Combined with the popularity of online shopping, consumers can complete their lists earlier than ever. And, with Hanukkah beginning early as well, Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s oldest non-profit eye health and safety group, and Prevent Blindness Texas are providing tips to gift-givers to make sure all gifts are the safe, especially those intended for children.
In 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 262,300 toy-related injuries. And, 74 percent of those injuries were to children under the age of 15. In fact, more than 92,000 were to those under 5 years of age.
Because the most commonly injured part of the body is the head and face area, Prevent Blindness Texas has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Month in an effort to help adults make the best decisions on how to keep the holiday season joyful for everyone. The group is offering toy-buying and gift-giving tips to anyone planning to purchase a gift for a child this year.
Prevent Blindness Texas suggests that before purchasing a toy:
“To help keep the holidays festive and bright, we hope all gift-givers will take a moment to make safety the top priority when considering gifts,” said Debbie Goss, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness Texas. “We at Prevent Blindness Texas also wish everyone happy holidays and a safe and Happy New Year!”
For more information on safe toys and gifts for children as well as general children’s eye health topics, please call Prevent Blindness Texas at 1-888-98-SIGHT or visit www.preventblindnesstexas.org.
About Prevent Blindness Texas
Founded in 1956, Prevent Blindness is the state’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness Texas touches the lives of thousands of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the Texas public. Through a network of regional offices and volunteers, we are committed to eliminating preventable blindness in Texas. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-888-98-SIGHT or visit us on our website, Facebook, Twitter, or blog.