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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. People are cheerful and in the giving mood. Many will surely hit the stores and purchase presents and stocking stuffers for friends and family members. What they might not know is this gift presents the potential for a trip to the emergency room. Hospital emergency rooms treat more than 250,000 toy-related injuries a year, where more than 70% of such cases involve people 15 years or younger. With toys being at the forefront of many people’s minds come December, it only makes sense for it to be declared Safe Toys Month.

Safe Toys Month was started by Prevent Blindness America, which encourages people to consider if the toys they wish to give as gifts suit the age and individual skills and abilities of the child who will receive it – most notably infants and children under the age of three.

When you hit your favorite mall or visit your go-to store, shop with safety considerations in mind. Read warning labels, ruminate if the toy is age appropriate, avoid toys with sharp or rigid points, buy high-quality toys that withstand impact and don’t break easily, and look for toys that meet the national safety standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

An eye injury is one of the more common injuries associated with toys. In some extreme circumstances, kids go blind as a result of playing with a toy. To diminish the chances of an eye injury, make sure you are purchasing toys meant for the child’s age, demonstrate to them how to properly play with the toy, and always monitor their playtime.

It’s the season of joy and it’d be terrible for an injury to disrupt all the holiday cheer. Shop mindfully and keep on monitoring once the wrapping paper is ripped off. Be extra considerate for infants, as children 4 years and younger account for almost half of all toy-related injuries.

Have a safe holiday!