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Fall 2013 - Toy Safety Tips

The holidays can be a fun time for children and adults to play games, and many kids receive new toys as gifts. Safe Kids provides some helpful reminders and tips for toy safety. Whether your kids are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks or even inventing their own games, here are a few things to think about to help them stay safer and have a blast.

Find the Perfect Toy for the Right Age

  • Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game. It’s worth a second to read the instructions and warning labels to make sure it’s just right for your child.
  • Before you’ve settled on the perfect toy, check to make sure there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards.

Don’t Forget a Helmet for Riding Toys

  • If your children have their hearts set on a new bike, skateboard, scooter or other riding equipment, be sure to include a helmet to keep them safe while they’re having fun.
  • Learn more bike safety tips and watch our helmet safety video.

Store Toys After Play

  • After play time is over, use a bin or container to store toys for next time. Make sure there are no holes or hinges that could catch little fingers.

Sign Up to Receive Product Recalls

  • Safe Kids compiles product recalls specific to children and sends twice-monthly e-mail alerts for recent recalls. Sign-up for the latest recall information.
  • Go to for additional information about product recalls related to kids.

In 2010, an estimated 181,500 children were treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury. That’s 500 kids every day. Nearly half of those injured were children 4 and under.

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Be A Safety All Star!

WakeMed Children’s All Stars are awesome! Becoming a WakeMed Children’s All Star doesn’t mean you have to have a super jump shot or batting average. You just need to read and understand the information shared in this column of each issue of Families First.

Unplug and Look Around

When you are out and about, make sure you are paying attention to what is happening around you. Remind your friends and family to do the same!

Put away any distractions (earbuds, headphones, music, phones, and games) anytime you are near traffic or other moving objects. Be on the lookout for bikers, runners and others.

Remember that driveways and parking lots can be very dangerous. Even at a park, the parking lot is not a safe place to play.

Before crossing a street, look both ways and make eye contact with drivers of stopped vehicles to make sure they see you before you begin to cross.

Make sure you can hear what’s going on, too!

Remember to walk on sidewalks and paths and cross with traffic signals, crosswalks or corners of the street.

Watch out for turning vehicles and be careful to look for anyone who might be backing up – it is much harder for them to see you.

If you notice someone is distracted before or while crossing a street, speak up! You could help prevent an accident.

If a phone call is necessary while walking or biking, make sure you are in a safe spot on a sidewalk away from traffic.

Remind your parents to put their phones away while driving, too. We all get distracted so it’s important to work together as a team to stay safe!




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