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Are your children’s summer toys dangerous?

As a parent, you realize that some toys can be dangerous to your children. Examples include lawn darts and hoverboards with exploding batteries. You may even know that the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against trampoline use. But did you know that other summer staples may also be hazardous to your children?

An item may have a defect or the manufacturer may not include sufficient warnings on the package, either of which can result in injury to your child. You may need to fight to get your child the proper care, and to help ensure that other families will not meet a similar fate. To finish the summer injury-free, here are some things you should know.

Hidden dangers

The FBI warns parents to be wary of toys that connect to the internet, especially those with cameras, microphones and GPS sensors. The toys may collect information that bad actors can use to harm your family or property.

Toys to avoid:

  • toy guns that look too real
  • toys with small parts that may turn into choking hazards
  • sharp objects that can easily penetrate soft tissue such as eyeballs, especially if play fighting is the toy’s intended use (swords or claws, for example)

Toys that require extraordinary caution:

  • inflatable playhouses
  • motorized vehicles such as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles

Injury Prevention

Parental vigilance is one of the best ways to protect children from injury. If your child currently owns a toy that presents a danger, get rid of the toy or replace it with a safer version. Require safety gear when appropriate. Insist on proper supervision. Educate yourself and your children so you can all have an enjoyable, safe summer.

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