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Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

Santa is making his list, but Lehmann Eye Center urges parents to check it twice to make sure toys don't pose safety risks and are age-appropriate.

December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month, and parents should be cautious when choosing holiday gifts for children. In 2013, there were an estimated 256,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments, according to the Consumer Product Safety Division. Forty-four percent of those injuries were to the head and face area. Roughly 1 in 10 children who end up in the ER with eye injuries are there because of accidents with toys.

Lehmann Eye Center strongly recommends avoiding gifts that launch projectiles. BB guns, bows and arrows, slingshots and darts can be dangerous and invite children to target other kids. They should not be given to children too young to handle them safely.

Here are some other helpful toy-buying tips provided by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Prevent Blindness America:

  • Read all labels and warnings on toy box.
  • Avoid purchasing toys with rigid or sharp points, rods, spikes, or dangerous edges.
  • Purchase toys that meet the safety standards of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
  • Only buy toys that are meant for the child's age or maturity, and ability.
  • Inspect toys before giving them to children.
  • Show children how to use the toy safely.
  • Supervise children while playing.
  • Fix or throw away broken toys.
  • Have children wear the right protective eyewear for sports

Toys aren't the only flying projectiles during the holidays. Lehmann Eye Center encourages adults to celebrate safely during the holiday season, especially when opening champagne bottles. Make sure your champagne is chilled to at least 45°F, keep the bottle pointed away from your face and other people, cover the cork with a towel and turn it slowly with a slight upward motion. 



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