Report Shows Increase in Toy-related Injuries Treated in U.S. Emergency Rooms
- Prevent Blindness Offers Tips on How to Purchase Safe Toys and Gifts for Kids-
CHICAGO (Nov. 23, 2015) – In 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 265,700 toy-related injuries, compared to 265,000 the year before. And, 73 percent of those injuries were to children under the age of 15. In fact, approximately 83,700 were to those under 5 years of age.
As with previous years, 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 associated with the most estimated injuries for all ages in 2013 were non-motorized scooters, toy balls and toy vehicles.
Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest non-profit eye health and safety group, is offering tips to buyers to help make sure all gifts are safe, especially those intended for children.
“According to the CPSC, there were 700 more toy-related injuries than the previous year,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We must be diligent about taking the necessary precautions to avoid these types of accidents and help protect our kids.”
Before purchasing a toy or gift, Prevent Blindness suggests:
In addition, stay informed of recalled products. For further information on toy and product recalls, visit the U.S. Product Safety Commission Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
For more information on safe toys and gifts for children, visit preventblindness.org/safe-toy-checklist, or call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020.