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-
HOUSTON (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 Texas 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 Texas 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 Debbie Goss, 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 1-888-98-SIGHT.
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.