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New safety guidelines for buying toys


by Kristen Rietz

(WAOW) -- As the holidays approach and toy catalogs begin to arrive in the mail, toy shoppers can become overwhelmed with all the choices.

New statistics released from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show that while there are less recalls to keep in mind this holiday season,  the number of toy-related injuries is on the rise.

"Recalls are down from last year, as well as the number of lead recalls, and the number of deaths. But what we're seeing is the number of injuries are increasing, " said Inez Tenenbaum from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC recently released new guidelines parents should keep in mind to ensure their child finds a present under the tree that's both safe and enjoyable.

Here are three tips to remember:


1- Which Toy for Which Child?

Always choose age-appropriate gifts.

2- Gear Up for Safety

Include safety gear whenever shopping for sports-related gifts or ride-on toys, including bicycles, skates, and scooters.

3- Location, Location, Location

Be aware of your child's surroundings during play.

Something else to remember: Once gifts are unwrapped immediately discard plastic wrappings or other packaging on toys before they become dangerous play things

Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.


Online Reporter: Kristen Rietz

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