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Christmas toy safety for children

Christmas is the one time of year all children look forward to, and especially tearing into new toys they can play with for the months to come. Unfortunately, some parents fail to see the potential warnings associated with some toys, and the appropriate ages of their children. For instance, many parents believe children are more advanced than they are, and believe that their child will automatically understand the risk with certain toys or objects. Sadly, many young children tend to place small objects into their mouths, ears, and other orifices without knowing the potential hazards. Likewise, other seemingly innocent things other than small objects can also pose a safety risk. Such items can include:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Bows
  • Ribbons
  • Plastic bags
  • Twist ties
  • Packing peanuts
  • Bubble wrap

Alongside the wrapping, parents should also keep in mind that small toys also can include small parts that may come loose with play, which could pose a choking hazard. Additionally, all toys with strings longer than 7 inches, and those that include magnets, buttons, or small batteries should be looked at as well for a potential safety hazard. According to a 2013 study, 188,400 toy-related emergencies occurred for children under the age of 15, and nine deaths were related to toy safety as well; deaths were related to asphyxiation. Overall, if parents keep in mind the manufacture's' warnings, and stay mindful of what would be appropriate for their children during Christmas, all families can enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

The skilled St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth have more than a century of combined experience, understand that your family’s safety is a top priority, and should be represented as such. The firm has a proven track record in successfully handling and settling countless personal injury, and product liability accident claims, and will fight vehemently to get you the compensation you deserve. Please call today to schedule a free consultation.

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