Tips for choosing safe toys offered

Posted 12/1/17

It is estimated that more than 250,000 toy-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments in the United States each year, and more than half are facial or head-related in nature. …

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Tips for choosing safe toys offered

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It is estimated that more than 250,000 toy-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments in the United States each year, and more than half are facial or head-related in nature. Therefore, during this holiday season, Niki Rasnake, Trauma Program Manager for the Emergency and Trauma Center at The University of Tennessee Medical Center offers tips on choosing safe toys for children.


“When it comes to gift giving, we often get caught up in the excitement of seeing the joy on children’s faces when they’re given a new toy,” said Rasnake. “But, before the gift-giver makes a toy purchase, it is critical to consider the toy’s recommended age range as it impacts the toy’s safety.”


In addition, Rasnake encourages parents or caregivers to be diligent in inspecting all toys their children receive.


“Check the toys for age recommendations, skill level, and developmental appropriateness before allowing them to be played with,” said Rasnake. “Being aware and thoughtful about what you’re putting in a child’s hands is a best practice as we all strive to protect children from any unnecessary harm.”

Besides inspecting the toys, Rasnake also suggests the following tips:  

“Read all labels and warnings which are outlined on the toy’s packaging.”

“Avoid purchasing toys with rigid or sharp points, rods, spikes, or dangerous edges.”

“Show children how to safely use the toy.” 

“If any toys are broken, fix or discard them.”

“Most toy-related injuries can be prevented,” said Rasnake. “By being proactive in safety considerations, you can protect children from injuries.”


Rasnake explains that as the only Level I Trauma Center in the East Tennessee region, UTMC provides total care for every aspect of injury – from prevention through rehabilitation.


“The Emergency and Trauma Center at UTMC serves as the tertiary referral center for medical care in East Tennessee, serving Knox County and 21 surrounding counties,” said Rasnake.


Additionally, for reliable information on taking care of your health or a loved one’s heath, contact UTMC’s Health Information Center at 865-305-9525 or online at www.utmedicalcenter.org/hic. Staffed by medical librarians and certified health information specialists, the Health Information Center offers an extensive health library, digital and printed resources, walk-in assistance, and help with research on specific health conditions – all free of charge and available to the public.

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