Help Keep Thousands of Children Out of the Emergency Room this Holiday Season by Purchasing Safe Toys and Gifts
Consumers Should Check Their List Twice to Make Sure They Are Purchasing Safe Toys and Gifts for Children
CHICAGO (Nov. 18, 2014) – Holiday shopping is already in full swing with most stores and online retailers. And, the National Retail Federation forecasts sales in November and December to increase 4.1 percent from last year to $616.9 billion. To help consumers, Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest non-profit eye health and safety group, is providing tips to gift-givers to make sure all gifts are safe, especially those intended for children.
In 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 265,000 toy-related injuries. And, 72 percent of those injuries were to children under the age of 15. In fact, approximately 89,500 were to those under 5 years of age.
The most commonly injured part of the body is the head and face area, with the most common injuries being lacerations, contusions, or abrasions. The top three specifically identified toys that were associated with the most estimated injuries for all ages in 2012 were non-motorized scooters, toy balls and toy vehicles.
Before purchasing a toy or gift, Prevent Blindness suggests:
“The holidays can get hectic but we need to be diligent when purchasing gifts, especially for children, making sure they are safe and fit each individual child’s needs,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “By taking a few precautions, we can spend time with our family and friends and not in the emergency room!”
For more information on safe toys and gifts for children, visit preventblindness.org/safe-toy-checklist, or call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020.