Playing It Safe

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 4:39pm

CPSC issues list of potentially dangerous toys as parents start their holiday shopping.

It's that time of year when kids make their lists and parents find themselves overwhelmed with the options.

It's not all fun and games.

While toy related deaths were down last year, injuries were up.

An estimated 186,00 emergency-room treated injuries were blamed on toys.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a list to help parents make safe choices.

First of all select toys age appropriate for your child.

That means no small parts for small children.

More than half of the toy related deaths in 2009 were riding toys.

CPSC chair Inez Tennenbaum says it's important to remember safety gear.

"Don't buy a bicycle and leave a helmet in the store. Buy a helmet so the head is safe," she says.

The final rule: Location, location, location.

Make sure kids are playing with their holiday haul somewhere safe

"If you're on a riding toy you can ride right into pool ride right into pond drown very easily," Tennenbaum warns.

The CPSC says new safeguards and tests mean fewer dangerous and lead-laced toys are getting to the U.S., and they're working to recall products that do pose a threat.

Next March the CPSC plans to launch a searchable database that anyone can access to leave or read comments on a toy.

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