It’s time to trim the tree, hang the lights and stockings, and start making your holiday shopping list. If you’re planning a holiday party, you know it’s important to make sure your decorations are safe, free from fire hazards, and to make sure your house is guest and baby proof. But when it’s time to shop for gifts, particularly for the young children in your life, and the gift options vary widely.
Selecting safe, age-appropriate gifts can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you don’t know where the toy was made. So to help with your holiday shopping the personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham have provided the following information help you pick a safe gift for all the children on your list.
- Follow the recommended age ranges on toy packages. Toys that are too advanced could pose a safety hazard. If a young child still puts items in their mouth, make sure the toys have a sturdy construction and don’t have small, potentially loose parts, eyes or buttons that could pose a choking hazard.
- Prevent burns and shocks. Don’t give children under 10 a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, select toys that are battery operated. However, keep in mind that small magnets and button batteries like those found in watches, musical greeting cards and remote controls can cause serious stomach and intestinal problems – including death – if swallowed.
- Keep the gift-opening area tidy. Immediately discard plastic wrappings, including broken or uninflated balloons, to reduce choking risks to young children and animals. Also, never throw wrapping paper or packing material into fireplaces.
- Know where you’re shopping. Temporary holiday shops often sell illegally imported toys that are unlikely to meet strict toy safety requirements. “Knock-off” goods may have low prices, but may not be made to proper safety standards and can be dangerous.
- Think about appropriateness of gifts. Replica toys like weapons may not be the safest option for young children. Be aware of how the gift will be used and do research on potential recalls or product faults that other consumers may have reported.
All of us at Hupy and Abraham wish you a safe and happy holiday that we hope won’t be disturbed by an accident. But, if for any reason you or a loved one is injured by an unsafe gift this holiday, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham, for a free consultation and to ensure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries, at 800-800-5678.