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Presents, Toys, and Eye Safety Awareness

Holiday season is almost here and that means gifts and new toys. Adoring grandparents delight in treating the young children with the newest toys for the holidays.
It is important that parents instruct relatives about the guidelines about toys and eye safety. Mishaps with unsafe toys can occur, occasionally resulting in blindness.

What can adults do to safeguard little kids from toy related harm?

  1. Remember, age suitable toys only! Do not permit small children to handle toys and games intended for older brothers or sisters.

  2. Explain to children the proper use of toys. If possible, before allowing children to play, examine toys for sharp or pointed edges.

  3. Be careful not to let small children play without supervision.

  4. Promote eye safety awareness by tossing out toys that have jagged or staggered edges or firing projectiles like BB guns.

Before giving in and buying the latest toy or game that your child ''must have'', spend some time to read up on eye safety tips when it comes to toys. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Happy Holidays.