December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

Toys are supposed to be fun and part of a child’s development. Each year though, many children are treated in hospital emergency room for toy-related injuries.

As the holidays approach, parents and caregivers should be aware of the dangers of batteries, magnets and small toys – these have the potential to be choking hazards; which is a particular risk for kids ages 3 or younger. A good measure for whether a toy can cause choking is to use an empty toilet paper roll. If a toy passes through an empty toilet paper roll, it is too small for a child under the age of 3.

Always read labels to be sure a toy is appropriate for a child’s age. Guidelines from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) can assist you in making decisions before purchase.

For more information, go to http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/learning/safe_toys.html.