Wise Eyes Wednesday – Toy Safety

Every year, thousands of children ages 14 and under suffer serious eye injuries and even blindness from toys. To prevent your child’s eyes from injuries while playing with toys, please remember these three simple steps recommended by Prevent Blindness:

  1. Only purchase toys meant for their age range
  2. Show them how to use their toys properly
  3. Keep an eye on them while they play

This holiday season, before you purchase a toy please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Read all warnings and instructions on the box.
  • Ask yourself if the toy is right for your child’s ability and age.
  • Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges.
  • Check the lenses and frames of children’s sunglasses; many can break and cause injuries.
  • Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards.
  • Look for the letters “ASTM.” This means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
  • Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off.
  • Remember that BB guns are NOT toys.

“You’ll shoot your eye out” – Ralphie’s Mom & Santa