DECEMBER IS NATIONAL SAFE TOYS AND GIFTS MONTH - PLAY IT SAFE - SHOP SMART AND SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!By Leslie Terjesen on Friday, December 9, 2016
Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health, reminds parents and those buying toys for little ones to remember that December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month and safety should be the priority when choosing gifts…for anyone.
Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, offers safety tips to keep in mind during this holiday season:
- Balloons – children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than eight years old. Discard broken balloons immediately.
- Small balls and other toys with small parts – for children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
- Scooters and other riding toys – riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit.
- Magnets – high-powered magnet sets are dangerous and should be kept away from children. Whether marketed for children or adults, building and play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.
Regenye said, “Once gifts are open, it’s important to discard plastic wrapping or other toy packaging before the wrapping and packaging become dangerous play things. Make sure you keep the toys for the older children away from younger siblings. As many toys need batteries, battery installation or charging should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to children. Make sure you read the instructions and warnings on chargers before using.”
Regenye said that toy safety is so important that safety tips will be provided daily during the holidays on the Ocean County Health Department Facebook page and also at Twitter@OCpublichealth. You can also visit the Ocean County Health Department website at www.ochd.org for information and latest updates.