Dec 14, 2012
Post By: Children's Health
Editor's note: A version of this story first appeared in 2012 and has been updated with new information.
It's so easy to buy the kids in your life a toy that looks "fun" for the holidays. But the fun won't last long if those toys pose a choking hazard or other danger.
Jesus Alderete, a coordinator with our Injury Prevention Program at Children's Health, shared with us how to help keep the holidays accident-free by choosing safe and age-appropriate toys for youngsters. His advice is crucial considering that since 2000, an average of 20 children a year have died in the U.S. after being injured or involved in accidents with toys, according to Safe Kids USA, a non-profit organization that works to prevent unintentional childhood injuries.
If a toy or its parts can fit through a toilet paper roll, it poses a choking risk for kids 4 and younger, Jesus said. You also should:
Read more about toy safety and other helpful recommendations from the Injury Prevention Program at Children's Health.
Click the toy buying guide below for a larger version you can print and take it with you when you go shopping this holiday season.
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