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Prevent Blindness Gives Tips for Purchasing Safe Toys & Gifts for Children

Dec. 9, 2015

Prevent Blindness is offering tips to help make sure all gifts are safe, especially those intended for children as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated in 2013 that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 265,700 toy-related injuries compared to 265,000 the previous year.

According to Prevent Blindness, the most commonly injured part of the body is the head and face area, with the most common injuries being lacerations, abrasions or contusions. In 2013, the top three specifically identified toys associated with the most estimated injuries for all ages were non-motorized scooters, toy balls and toy vehicles.

“According to the CPSC, there were 700 more toy-related injuries than the previous year,” says Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We must be diligent about taking the necessary precautions to avoid these types of accidents and help protect our kids.”

Prevent Blindness offers a series of tips for ECPs and parents about children’s toy safety at preventblindness.org/safe-toy-checklist.

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