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December is Holiday Toys and Eye Safety Month

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Holiday season is rapidly approaching which means Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Well meaning mothers and fathers love treating the young children with the newest toys for the holidays.
It is necessary that parents inform relatives about some rules when it comes to eye-safe toys. Mishaps involving toys and games can take place, sometimes resulting in damage to eyes, or even blindness.

Below are a few tips to safeguard children from toy related harm:

  1. When buying a gift, confirm that it is appropriate for the child's age and level of development. Be careful not to permit younger children to handle toys made for older children.
  2. Check that the toy is well made and avoid toys with rough corners. Make sure long-handled toys such as swords or brooms have rounded handles.
  3. Don't let small children play without supervision.
  4. Prevent eye injuries by steering clear of any toys with dangerous, pointed edges or firing projectiles like BB guns.

Before you purchase the latest toy that your child ''must have'', take a minute to read toy safety guidelines. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your loved ones, not the doctor on staff at the nearest emergency room. Happy Holidays to all.