Prevent Blindness Declares December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month to Provide Tips on Purchasing Items for Children
During the Holiday rush, gift buying can be hectic. But before purchasing any gifts for children, Prevent Blindness recommends buyers make safety the priority.
Last year, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report stating that there were an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. An estimated 80,100 of those injuries were to children younger than age 5. And, 45 percent (or 107,400) of the total injuries were to the head and face area, the area of the body with the most injuries.
To help shoppers select appropriate gifts this holiday season, Prevent Blindness has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness month and offers tips including:
If purchasing sports items or equipment, such as basketball, baseball or hockey, Prevent Blindness suggests that the proper sports eye protection is also included. Recommendations may be found at www.preventblindness.org/recommended-sports-eye-protectors.
“The Holidays should always be a time of joy and togetherness of family and friends, not spent in the emergency room,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “By taking the time to find the most appropriate gifts for children, these moments will be memorable for the best reasons.”
For more information on safe toys and gifts for children, please visit preventblindness.org/safe-toy-checklist or call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020.