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Gifts, Toys, and Eye Safety Awareness

Holiday season is right around the corner and we all know what that means, gifts and new toys. Well intentioned parents delight in surprising the young children with the newest toys for the holiday season.
It is necessary for family members inform others about the guidelines when it comes to eye safety and choosing toys. Accidents involving toys and games do occur, occasionally causing blindness.

What can parents do to protect children from toy related harm?

  1. When buying a gift, ensure it is developmentally appropriate. Be careful not to allow small children to handle toys intended for older siblings.

  2. Check that the toy is made of strong, durable material and that there are no rough corners. Make sure toys with a handle such as bats or brooms are rounded on the end.

  3. Don't let small kids play without supervision.

  4. Promote eye safety by tossing out toy or games with sharp or jagged pieces or catapult launchers.

Before you dish out that latest game that your child ''must have'', spend a minute to check toy safety guidelines. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your family, not the doctor on staff at the nearest hospital. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.