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How Safe are the Toys Your Kids Play With?

Although Christmas is still months away, it is never too early for parents to be thinking about toy safety. Given the number of toys the average child has, concerns regarding toy safety should never be far from mind.

* Before allowing your children to purchase a toy or giving a toy as a gift, you should read any warning labels. These labels usually carry recommendations about the minimum appropriate age for a given toy. The labels also tell what precautions should be taken when using the toy. Make sure to follow these recommendations.

* Use your own good sense. For example, bicycles are associated with 300 deaths and 400,000 injuries to children under the age of 15 every year. However, the danger of injury can be greatly lessened if parents simply require their children to wear a helmet. If an injury still results then hire a New York Personal Injury Lawyer

* Infants and small children need special consideration. Look for sturdy, well-constructed toys without sharp edges. Don’t buy toys for children under the age of three that have cords or strings, because they can become wrapped around the child’s neck. Avoid toys with small parts that can be removed because small parts present a choking hazard. Deflated balloons can also cause a child to choke.

* Finally, never rely on someone else to determine which toys are safe for your children. Recently, a national fast-food chain had to recall a toy distributed as a prize in its children’s meals because the toy presented a choking danger to small children. The toy was advertised as being safe for children as young as three years old.

Stephen Bilkis & Associates, with convenient locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area, including Nassau County, can provide you advice relative to personal injury caused by someone’s negligence. Without an attorney, you may not be protecting you and your loved ones or know all your rights. A NY Criminal Lawyer can be provided if you need one in your Injury Law case.

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