Avoiding Injuries: Safe Toys and Gifts for Children

Keeping Playtime and Toys Safe for Children

Safe-toys-and-giftsChildren, adolescents and young adults have the highest rates of bicycle-related injuries, accounting for almost 60 percent of all bicycle-related injuries seen in U.S. emergency departments. The holiday season brings new bikes, trikes and many other toys to the household as a part of annual gift giving. The JFK Pediatric Emergency Department reminds parents, family members and other relatives to check every new toy they buy for possible hazards. The following suggestions can help you keep holiday gift giving and playtime a safe, fun experience.

Bicycle Helmets

A head injury can mean brain injury. That’s why it’s so important to wear a bicycle helmet. Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash.  Parents should insist all bicyclists, regardless of age, protect themselves by wearing properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. (This should apply for skateboards, scooters and other related cycles.)

Select Toys With Care

Teach Proper Use of Toys