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December is Safe Toys & Gifts Month

Xmas Gift.jpgThere are estimated 235,300 emergency room treated injuries related to toys in 2008 alone according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's [USCPSC] annual report 2008. Among the figure above, 73% (172,700) were to children less than 15 years of age and 35% (82,300) were to children less than five. Unfortunately, there were 69 reported cases of toy-related deaths among children under fifteen between 2006 and 2008.

December is a month of gift giving. Let us be reminded that we should not overlook safety precautions and age groups when we purchase or wrap toys and gifts for our loved ones. Have a safe, happy holiday everyone!

Additional information and safety tips are available at following websites´╝Ü
Safe Kids USA.org
ToyInfo.org [Toy Industry Association]
USCPSC's Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries Calendar Year 2008
USCPSC's "Toy Hazard Recall" page
USCPSC's "Toy Safety Publications" page

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