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Safe Kids Carroll: Toy safety tips for kids and adults

Toys and games are tons of fun for kids and adults. Whether your kids are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks or even inventing their own games, here are a few things to think about to help them stay safer and have a blast.

Every year, over 192,000 children under the age of 15 years were seen in emergency departments for toy-related injuries. That’s over 500 kids every day. More than a third of those injured were children 5 and under.

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Top Tips

  • Consider your child's age when purchasing a toy or game. It's worth a second to read the instructions and warning labels to make sure it's just right for your child.
  • Before you've settled on the perfect toy, check to make sure there aren't any small parts or other potential choking hazards.
  • Keep a special eye on small game pieces that may be a choking hazard for young children. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings.
  • After play time is over, use a bin or container to store toys for next time. Make sure there are no holes or hinges that could catch little fingers.

Don’t forget a helmet

  • If your children have their hearts set on a new bike, skateboard, scooter or other riding equipment, be sure to include a CPSC certified helmet to keep them safe while they’re having fun.
  • Learn more bike safety tips and watch our helmet safety video.

Store toys after play

  • After play time is over, use a bin or container to store toys for next time. Make sure there are no holes or hinges that could catch little fingers.

Sign up for product Recalls

  • Safe Kids compiles product recalls specific to children and sends twice-monthly email alerts for recent recalls. Sign-up for the latest recall information.
  • Go to www.recalls.gov for additional information about product recalls related to kids.

For more information on keeping safe, visit the Safe Kids Website at www.safekids.org

Maggie Rauser is the Safe Kids Coalition Coordinator for the Carroll County Health Department.

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