You may have heard people call fidget spinners dangerous, but now we have proof: World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.), a Boston-based watchdog group, included them on its summer safety report that highlights dangerous toys and other children’s products.
Already banned in many schools—largely for the distractions they create—fidget spinners, the hand-held spinners that are wildly popular among children, can also fall apart, and the small pieces create a choking hazard.
W.A.T.C.H. reported that children in Texas and Oregon have been taken to hospitals recently after choking on fidget spinner pieces.
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“Just because a toy is popular does not mean it is safe,” W.A.T.C.H. President Joan Siff said in a statement.
The group also warned about the fire dangers posed by lithium batteries in hoverboards; the potential for blunt-force injuries from plastic weapons based on superhero movies; and impact injuries from non-motorized scooters.
The key thing to know is that while there are dangerous toys being sold in retail stores and online, awareness truly saves lives. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security that a toy is safe simply because it’s available from a familiar brand or a well-known store, warns W.A.T.C.H.
It’s important to take the following three steps regularly for preventive action against your child being injured or worse:
Always check the age-appropriate labels on toys and be mindful to be sure your younger child does not get access to inappropriate toys geared your older children.
Inspect new toys, as well as ones already in your house, for potential hazards like small parts that can fall off, strings, projectiles, toxic substances, rigid materials and electrical hazards.
Be informed about recalls and dangerous products through websites like W.A.T.C.H.’s, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
A little awareness, a few precautions and educating yourself and your child on what to watch out for goes a long way in making sure you and your family have a safe and fun summer.
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