Safe Play

Your child has been waiting all year for this – a chance to replenish her toy bin with goodies galore. Now that Three Kings Day is here, she'll be collecting the last of her holiday bounty and as the dolls, bikes and action figures roll in it’s important to keep her safety in mind.

In 2007, there were 18 toy-related deaths and 170,100 toy-related emergency room treated injuries to children under 15 according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. To make sure your family stays merry long after the holidays have come and gone, the CPSC has suggested the following about their top five toy hazards:

1. Make sure your child is wearing a helmet and other safety gear when riding scooters and other riding toys. They should fit properly to avoid serious injuries if he falls.
2. Keep small balls and toys with small parts away from children under three to prevent choking.
3. If your little one is under eight, keep un-inflated and broken balloons away from her to prevent choking and suffocation.
4. Play sets with magnets can also pose a threat if swallowed as they can lead to serious injuries and/or death.
5. To prevent burns when charging batteries, an adult should supervise your child at all times.

After the kids rip open their presents, the CPSC recommends you get rid of all plastic wrappings immediately, keep toys for older children away from your younger ones and carefully read all instruction and warnings on battery chargers.

Finally, check out to make sure your well-intentioned tía didn’t give your child a recalled toy for the holiday.