Are you a last minute Holiday shopper? Not me. I’ve had my Christmas shopping done for weeks, but I know several people who enjoy the thrill stress of last minute shopping.
If you find yourself out purchasing toys for your children this Holiday season, it’s important to take several steps to protect your child’s eyes from toy-related injuries. You should only buy toys meant for your child’s age and it’s important to show your child how to safely use their toys.
In honor of Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month, Prevent Blindness America wants to remind you of several guidelines when purchasing a toy for your child:
- Read all warnings and instructions on the box.
- Ask yourself if the toy is right for your child’s ability and age.
- Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods or dangerous edges.
- Check the lenses and frames of children’s sunglasses; many can break and cause injuries.
- Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards.
- Look for the letters “ASTM.” This means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
- Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off.
- Remember that BB guns are NOT toys.
Be sure you inspect toys for safe construction before letting your child play with them. You should always supervise your children while playing and store their toys properly after play.
Keep your kids safe this Holiday season!