Keep Holidays Bright When Shopping This Year
More Than 262,000 Were Treated in U.S. Hospital Emergency Departments in 2011 from Toy-related Injuries
CHICAGO (Nov. 14, 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, is 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 America 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 Americasuggests 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 Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “We at Prevent Blindness America also wish everyone happy holidays and a safe and Happy New Year!”
For more information on safe toys and gifts for children, including the PBA Safe Toys Check List, please preventblindness.org/safe-toy-checklist, or call Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020.