TOY SAFETY TIPS FROM SACRAMENTO PRODUCT LIABILITY ATTORNEYS
Posted on Friday, December 22nd, 2017 at 3:36 am
Are your children looking forward to Christmas? Have they written their letters to Santa giving him their exhaustive list of toys this year? Maybe you took them to visit Santa so that they could tell him in detail what they were hoping he would bring this year. Regardless of whether you are buying gifts for your children or other children, you need to be aware of the dangers posed by defective toys.
Some toys can cause serious injuries or death because they are defective. Before purchasing toys this holiday season, it is a good idea to check the toy recall list to make sure that a toy has not been recalled because of a dangerous defect. Safe Kids Worldwide has a link to sign up for email alerts for recalled toys in addition to links to recalled toy lists on its website. However, be cautious! Even though a toy has not been recalled does not mean it is not dangerous for a child. Below are several toy safety tips to keep in mind as you are shopping for toys this holiday season.
Toy Safety Tips for Parents and Others
- Look for warning labels on toys. Read all warnings, including the age recommendation, before purchasing a toy. Toys that are not designed for younger children can pose significant hazards, including choking, suffocation, burns, cuts, etc.
- Make sure that the toy is marked “non-toxic” before purchasing, especially for smaller children who tend to put everything in their mouths.
- Keep toys that are for older children out of the reach of babies and toddlers.
- Avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
- Toys that shoot objects and toy guns can cause eye injuries. These toys are usually only appropriate and safe for older children who can understand not to aim the toy at another person or themselves.
- Purchase electric toys that are UL-approved and always check the cord to ensure it is not frayed or broken.
- When you purchase a riding toy, skates, or scooter, remember to purchase safety gear, including a helmet. Helmets and safety gear reduce the risk of head injuries and other injuries.
- Be very cautious when purchasing toys that use batteries, especially button batteries, or magnets. Children can be killed or severely injured by swallowing batteries and magnets. If a toy contains batteries or magnets, make sure the compartment is permanently sealed or secured with a screw that the child cannot remove.
- When purchasing a digital device for a child or teen, you should keep in mind tips for healthy digital media use for young children and mindful technology use from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Be sure to read all instructions and warnings before allowing your child to play with a toy. Your child needs to understand the safe way to use the toy and understand any restrictions on the use of the toy.
Call a Sacramento Product Liability Attorney for Help
If a toy injures your child, you need to seek the advice of an experienced defective product attorney. Our lawyers want to hear your story and help you protect your child’s right to be compensated for his or her injuries.
For a free legal consultation and no-obligation case evaluation, contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website. Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.