Don't be too quick to snatch up toy bargains while shopping for little ones this holiday season.
Impulse buying could lead to dangerous choices for kids on your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping list.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported a quarter of a million toy-related injuries in 2015, primarily for those younger than 15, according to a news release from Medical Center, Navicent Health, in Macon.
Dr. Rogelio Dela Cruz, medical director of Pediatric Emergency Center, Navicent Health, warns shoppers to use caution and buy appropriate gifts.
"People are excited about gift giving at this time of year, and we all want to give our children and grandchildren the new toys they desire, but shoppers need to remember several safety factors before they make their purchases," Dela Cruz said.
Tips for choosing safe toys
- Look for age appropriate labels, especially for those younger than 3.
- Check safety inspection labels.
- Avoid toys that shoot projectiles, have parts that fly off or have sharp edges or points.
- Make sure toys are not too loud or could damage hearing.
- Crayons and markers should be labeled "nontoxic."
- Fabric toys should be flame resistant. Plush toys should be washable.
- Purchase protective gear along with bikes, skates, sporting equipment.
- Avoid toys with magnets or button batteries that could be swallowed.
- Don't buy toys with ropes, cords or heating elements.
- Show children how to safely use toys.
Shoppers are encouraged to choose educational toys and gifts that can boost a child's development and be fun, Dela Cruz said.