Celebrating Safe Holidays This December

Celebrating Safe Holidays This December

Tis the Season! And if you’re anything like me it’s your favorite season. Nothing is better than a light snow fall, baking cookies with the family, or simply sitting under the fire reading my newest favorite book.

I have to admit, every holiday season I try to do it bigger than the last. Bigger tree with bolder decorations, brighter lights, and of course better gifts. I can honestly say I thrive on giving the best gifts in the family. Just what they want and a very little of what they need.

But there is one thing every holiday season that is more important to me than being the best gift giver: being the safest.

Giving safe gifts is so important that the whole month of December has been dedicated to being Safe Toys and Gifts Month. I could not imagine buying a gift for one of my children that could potentially cause harm or affect their health. For that reason I make sure that I educate myself and my family on how important choosing the perfect gift (especially for children) really is.

When it comes to the gift giving season, it’s common to allow the excitement and joy to overtake you. It becomes so easy to forget the things that are factored into many of our toys that make them unsafe.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. It is reported that 72% of those people were less than 15 years old.

Over 19 million toys worldwide were recalled due to multiple safety concerns including lead paint.

This is the time to be with our families, give thanks and enjoy the company of those who mean the most to us. I want you all to continue to have a happy holiday season and what better way to do that than to share some tips on how to be safe this December?

· Be on the lookout for the ASTM label-meaning the toy has met the American Society for Testing and Materials standard. The first step in making sure something is safe is making sure it was approved by standardized testing.

· Steer away from toys with small pieces (especially magnets). These are specifically harmful in babies as ingestion of these tiny pieces can cause serious injury or death.

· Verify all crayons, markers, slime and Play Doh are nontoxic only.

· Make sure sports equipment is paired with the proper safety gear (supplying helmets and pads for that cool new skateboard).

The very last but most important tip to keep your kids and families safe this year is educating yourself. Make sure you know what toys have been recently recalled, what toys have been found to contain lead in the paint and what toys may not be age appropriate for your child. Always inspect toys given by relatives or exchanged at school.

Make yourself as well as those you care about aware of these easy yet life changing things that you can do to continue to have a happy and safe holiday season. And remember… these is no perfect season to practice safety.

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