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December is Eye Safety Awareness Month

Toys and games are tons of fun for kids and adults. Whether your kids are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks or even inventing their own games, here are a few things to think about to help them stay safer and have a blast.

Find the Perfect Toy for the Right Age

Consider your child’s age and development when purchasing a toy or game. Read the instructions and warning labels to make sure it’s just right for your child.
Before you’ve settled on the perfect toy, check to make sure there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards.

Store Toys After Play

After play time is over, use a bin or container to store toys for next time. Make sure there are no holes or hinges that could catch little fingers.

Don’t Forget a Helmet for Riding Toys

If your children have their hearts set on a new bike, skateboard, scooter or other riding equipment, be sure to include a CPSC certified helmet to keep them safe while they’re having fun.

Sign Up to Receive Product Recalls

Safe Kids compiles product recalls specific to children and sends twice-monthly e-mail alerts for recent recalls. Sign-up for the latest recall information.
Go to www.recalls.gov for additional information about product recalls related to kids.

In 2010, an estimated 181,500 children were treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury. That’s 500 kids every day. Nearly half of those injured were children 4 and under.