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December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

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December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

With the holidays here, we know there are many different types of gifts you can give your loved ones. One thing you should consider, however, is that December is Safe Toys and Gifts month. It is a time that encourages individuals to give toys and gifts that are considered safe. This is because roughly 251,700 injuries related to toy use occurred in the country in 2010. In 2007, more than 19 million toys were recalled worldwide due to safety concerns.

These numbers are difficult to cope with, especially when so many people give their children, friends, and other loved ones toys or other gifts they expect to be safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, so you are encouraged to follow guidelines this holiday to ensure the gift or toy you purchase is safe.

  • Be sure to inspect all toys and gifts before purchasing them. If they appear to have broken pieces or parts that could easily detach, avoid buying them. Make sure children’s toys don’t have sharp edges, points, or low durability.
  • If you’re the parent of a child who has received a toy or gift, make sure you inspect them as well. Check for appropriate age groups, skill level, and if they are fit for your child.
  • Any sports equipment that is bought as a gift should be accompanied by the correct protective gear to help ensure the child is safe from harm.
  • Be aware of lead-based paints on specific toys. For young children who may try and put the toy in his or her mouth, it could be dangerous.

You should also look for nontoxic labels on markers or other toys, avoid toys with heating elements, and avoid small pieces when giving toys to children.

At Centinela Hospital Medical Center, we truly care about our patients and we want to ensure their safety. If you or your child has received a gift that may be considered dangerous, you should be extremely cautious before using it. If you’ve been harmed, we can help you! Come to our hospital and see one of our doctors as soon as possible to get the treatment you need.

Visit us at or reach out to one of our affiliated physicians to schedule an appointment.