Did you know that nearly a quarter of a million injuries seen in Emergency Rooms across this country are caused by toys each year? Many of those incidents occur right here in St. Petersburg. Despite the efforts of the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) to regulate the safety of the products on the market, a few slip through each year and are sold in large quantities before hidden dangers are discovered.
You can never be sure that you won’t be one of those who pays the price to keep the rest of the public safe. Worse yet, there are many toys that will not be recalled for the risk(s) they hold.
Products like air guns, BB guns, dirt bikes, and gas-powered quads are marketed at young children in Saint Petersburg, but used incorrectly, without supervision, or in the wrong settings, and these forms of entertainment can lead to serious tragedy. In an effort to prevent horrific accidents, there are a few things that you should keep in mind as you purchase gifts and as you evaluate those that already made their way into your home during this holiday season.
Always abide by manufacturers’ age guidelines. While your child may be more responsible than some, there are reasons that toys are rated for certain skill levels.
Never allow children to play with risky toys without supervision. As a parent, you must be aware of the potential dangers your child faces. While a product malfunction is the fault of the toy maker, failing to acknowledge warnings and known risks will place the guilt on your shoulders.
Always provide the recommended safety gear when giving a child a toy. This may include athletic equipment, elbow and knee pads to accompany skates, or a helmet for bikes and motorized ride-on toys.
Childhood should be filled with fun and adventure, but be sure that it is also safe for those enjoying it. If a toy breaks or otherwise fails causing your child injury, be sure to speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.