According to new data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, toy related injuries among children are on the rise. Last year there were 186,000 emergency room visits related to toys with children younger than 15, which is up from 152,000 injuries in 2005. Vanderbilt University is providing some safety tips for parents this holiday season.
In a news release, the school listed some items for parents to avoid this holiday season.
For children under age 6 avoid building sets with small magnets. These can cause great harm is swallowed.
Avoid projectile toys such as air rockets, darts and slingshots. Improper use of these toys can result in serious eye injuries.
Chargers and adapters should be avoided because they can pose thermal burn hazards to children.
BB guns should not be considered toys. Proper safety training is required.