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Special to the News
The holidays are here and the Elizabeth firefighters along with
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, has its list.
Parents and gift buyers are encouraged to check it twice. Today,
CPSC issued its annual holiday safety messages, joined by U.S.
Customs and Border Protection, CBP, and Safe Kids Worldwide, to
remind parents to be diligent when making holiday shopping
“CPSC, CBP and industry activity has been with one goal in mind,
to keep the toys our children play with the safest in the world,”
said Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. “Vigorous inspection of toys,
testing and law enforcement have made toys the safest this
For 2007, the Commission has reports of 18 toy-related deaths
and CPSC staff estimates that there were about 170,100 hospital
emergency-room treated toy-related injuries to children under 15.
Most of the deaths were associated with airway obstruction from
small toys, drowning, or motor vehicle accidents during play. Most
of the injuries were lacerations, contusion and abrasions; the head
and face was the area most frequently affected.
The top five toy hazards:
Scooters and other riding toys: Riding toys, skateboards and
in-line skates go fast and falls could be deadly. Helmets and
safety gear should be worn at all times and be sized to fit.
Small Balls and other toys with small parts: For children
younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can
Balloons: Children under 8 years old can choke or suffocate on
un-inflated or broken balloons. Keep un-inflated balloons from
children. Discard broken balloons at once.
Magnets: For children under age 6, avoid building or play sets
with small magnets. If magnets or pieces with magnets are
swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur.
Chargers and adapters: Charging batteries should be supervised
by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to
Once the gifts are open:
Immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys before they become
dangerous play things.
Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger
Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers.
Some chargers lack any device to prevent overcharging.
With the increased popularity of second-hand stores and online
vendors, gift-givers should be especially vigilant to prevent the
sale or purchase of hazardous products that have been recalled,
banned or do not meet current safety standards. Before placing
products in the second-hand market, check its recall status at
www.cpsc.gov. Buyers should make
sure their gifts do not include any of the recalled toys or
children's products on CPSC's web site.
Also, at this Web site, consumers can keep up-to-date on
dangerous products by signing up to have recall announcements sent
directly to their e-mail account. Choose to receive all recall
announcements or children's product recalls only. Consumers also
can call CPSC's toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-CPSC. For
information about all types of recalls, visit www.recalls.gov
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