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Safely Giving Gifts

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, the time for buying Christmas gifts has just started for some people. Being able to give a gift, especially to children, is usually better than receiving one. However, gifts for children should inspire joy and not cause injuries from hazardous toys. Unfortunately, over a quarter of million children suffered from a serious injury in toy-related incidents in 2017. While gifting during the holidays, follow these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Be sure to choose toys in the correct age range for the child. Toys are age-rated for safety and not for a child’s intellect or physical ability.
  • For children under three-years-old, choose toys without small parts that could be a choking hazard.
  • For children under 10-years-old, avoid gifting toys that require being plugged into an electrical outlet.
  • Be cautious about toys that have button batteries or magnets, as they could be harmful if swallowed.
  • If you are gifting scooters and other riding toys, include appropriate safety gear with the gift.
  • Check for warning labels or instructions on the packaging.
  • Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air and could potentially cause an eye injury or choking hazard.
  • If you are giving a technological gift with internet access, be sure to set rules and enforce them with the child.

The smile on a child’s face can be so rewarding, but it is important to think about these safety tips before you start shopping. Parents and adults are often deceived by commercials that attempt to tell you what your child needs and wants. Giving safe and effective toys appropriate for the child’s age range can ensure a safe and fun Christmas. Effective toys include ones that improve developmental and problem-solving skills, while still providing enjoyment. After the holidays, remember to safely store toys and avoid placing toys in boxes in a lid that could trap a child inside. Remembering this advice for giving gifts safely can let you focus on spending time with family and celebrating the holidays. However, toys can malfunction or have a default, which may cause an injury to you or a loved one. If a toy-related injury occurs and another party is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. recognize the pain and distress that suffering an injury, especially during the holidays, can inflict upon an individual or family. Contact one of our attorneys today at (217) 328-2828 to receive a free consultation and let them help you through the legal process of filing a claim.