Holiday season is rapidly approaching and we all know what that means, Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Well meaning family members enjoy surprising the young ones with the ''in'' toys to start off the New Year.
Leading optometry specialists advise that parents learn and relay to others the rules when it comes to eye-safe toys. Accidents involving toys can take place, sometimes causing damage to eyes, or even blindness.
Here are a few tips to safeguard kids from toy related injury:
Only buy gifts which are age appropriate. Don't allow young children to play with toys and games intended for older brothers or sisters.
Check that the toy is made of strong, durable material and stay away from toys with dangerous corners. Make sure stick toys such as swords or pony sticks are rounded on the end.
Try not to let small children play unsupervised.
Promote eye safety by throwing out any toys or games with jagged or staggered edges or firing projectiles like BB guns.
Before you buy that popular toy or game that your child ''must have'', take a minute to read up on toy safety guidelines. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your loved ones, not the doctor on call at the local hospital. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.