Who doesn’t love watching friends or family open gifts and seeing their eyes light up with excitement? With all of the anticipation, it’s easy to forget about simple safety. Over 200,000 toy-related injuries are treated annually in hospital emergency rooms throughout the U.S. Before making any purchases this year, keep remember to think about toy and gift safety so the holidays don’t turn from the happiest time of the year to the scariest!

December is the biggest gift-giving month in the world and buying toys and gifts can be one of the most exciting parts about the holiday season so it’s important to keep safety in mind as you’re shopping, especially for young children.

Here are some ways to shop safely during toy and gifts safety month:

1. Inspect toys before buying – avoid toys with sharp edges, lots of little parts, or parts that can be easily pulled off. (Especially if it’s for a baby or toddler).

2. Buy age appropriate toys – make sure the marked age and skill level matches the age and skill level of the child you’re buying for.

3. Buyer beware of these other items – avoid toys with ropes, cords, or that can heat up. Crayons markers and paints unless they are labeled nontoxic and should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they’ve been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant

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