December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Children Enjoying Safe Toys During the HolidaysEveryone here at Corrective Eye would like to remind everybody that December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. It is very important to keep your children’s safety in mind when you are shopping this Holiday season. More often than you know it accidents that involve children and toys occur and can result in injury to your children’s eyes. In fact, 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.

How to Buy Safe Toys

Be sure to follow these tips below when purchasing toys and gifts this Holiday Season:

  1. Read all warnings and instructions to properly operate the toy
  2. Avoid buying toys with rigid or sharp points, rods, or anything that may have edges that are dangerous
  3. Try to avoid toys that shoot or have parts that fly off. Don’t forget that BB guns are not toys you will shoot your eye out
  4. Make sure you ask yourself if the toy is right for your children at his/her age
  5. Keep your eyes open for the letters “ASTM” (American Society for Testing and Materials) This tells you that the product meets the national safety standards set by “ASTM”

Safe Play Tips for Parents to Follow

We know it’s the holidays – a time to catch up with family members and relax with loved ones. However, before letting the kids run off to play with their new toys, make sure to:

  1. Watch your children while playing
  2. Make sure toys for older children are kept away from younger children
  3. Store the toys correctly after play to avoid any potential risks or fall
  4. Throw away or fix any toys that may be broken
  5. Clarify how to properly use the toy with the child

“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 Hugh R. Parry, 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!”

The holidays are a great time to be with the ones you love the most, not to be having to go to the emergency room. Take caution in what you buy for your children and have a wonderfully safe Holiday full of joy and happiness.

Other posts related to eye safety and children’s eye health:

Protect Your Eyes from Halloween Horrors
Keeping the Kids’ Eyes Safe this Summer
Avoid Eye Injuries. Practice Eye Safety This Independence Day.