Every child wants to see toys under the Christmas tree. But not all toys are safe. Kosair Children's Hospital registered nurse Erika Janes explains what to look for when choosing safe toys for the holidays.
More than 2 million units of dangerous toys and children's products were seized in 2012. Most toy recalls were due to small parts, choking hazards or sharp points.
Each year since 2000, an average of 20 children ages 14 and under have died from a toy-related incident. The majority of toy-related fatalities are due to asphyxiation, choking or drowning.
Toys to be aware of:
-Non-motorized scooters and riding toys without helmets
-Small balls or other toys with small parts
-Toys with strings, straps, cords, ribbons that could cause strangulation
Once gifts are open:
-Immediately throw away wrapping and toy packaging
-Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings
-Check regularly for damages or potential hazards.
CLICK HERE to check the website of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for updated information and photos of recalled toys.
To reach the Child Advocacy office at Kosair Children's Hospital, call 502-629-7358