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December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Courtesy of Prevent Blindness: Holiday shopping is in full swing with most stores and online retailers.  And, the National Retail Federation forecasts sales in November and December to increase 4.1 percent from last year to $616.9 billion.  To help consumers, Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest non-profit eye health and safety group, is providing tips to gift-givers to make sure all gifts are safe, especially those intended for children.

In 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 265,000 toy-related injuries. And, 72 percent of those injuries were to children under the age of 15.  In fact, approximately  89,500 were to those under 5 years of age.

The most commonly injured part of the body is the head and face area, with the most common injuries being lacerations, contusions, or abrasions.  The top three specifically identified toys that were associated with the most estimated injuries for all ages in 2012 were non-motorized scooters, toy balls and toy vehicles.