If you are already buying or thinking about Christmas gifts for kids, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a grim reminder Wednesday. There were 18-toy related deaths last year and more than 170,000 toy related injuries requiring emergency room treatment. Mitch Stoller of Safe Kids USA says, "What makes these injuries even more sad and frustrating is that most, if not all, of them could have been prevented".
The Commission lists five groups of toys they say could be hazardous to children. That includes riding toys like skateboards, in line skates, and scooters if the gift comes without a helmet and safety gear. Small balls and toys with small parts are not recommended for kids under age three, and no un-inflated balloons for children under age eight because of choking and suffocation concerns. Magnets also make the list of potential hazards for children under age six. Finally, adults should supervise toys with chargers and adapters because some they have left some kids burned.
Meanwhile, the CPSC says it is increasing safety inspections on imported toys. In the last seven months, 238-shipments were seized and denied entry to the U.S. because of safety violations.