At this time of year, children receive many toys and while these gifts are meant to bring nothing but joy, each year children are admitted into the emergency room due to toy related injuries. Each year, after the holidays, Miami products liability cases are launched due to unsafe toys that cause harm. To ensure that your holiday season is safe and fun, follow these tips to keep your children safe:
1) Check toy reviews. At this time of year, especially, many children’s magazines and parenting magazines (as well as local newspapers) run reviews of popular toys, ranking toys by safety and fun. Read some reviews when making up your shopping list to ensure that you are buying safe toys.
2) Try to buy new. While gently used toys can be safer for the environment and less expensive, they do pose risks. Older toys may be damaged and no longer safe, and those toys may be recalled. It is better to buy a smaller new toy than more used items. If buying for someone else, err on the side of caution and consider gift cards. These can be used to buy a number of toy items a parent considers safe.
3) Sign up to receive toy recalls. Receiving toy recall information online ensures that you are notified instantly about any toys on your shopping list or any toys your children have received. This way, if the toys pose a Miami burn injury hazard or any other hazard, you will be able to remove them right away.
4) Check the toys your child receives and register the toys, where possible, with the manufacturers. Manufacturers will let you know when a recall has taken place and being registered will make it easier for you to get a replacement toy.
5) Don’t rely just on recalls and toy reviews – check toys carefully. Just because a toy has not yet been recalled, it does not mean that it is perfectly safe. Always check toys carefully before you buy and check toys carefully before you let your children play with them. Sharp edges and small parts can still mean Miami personal injury claims, even if they toy has not yet hurt anyone. If a toy seems unsafe, don’t let you child play with it, no matter what the manufacturer claims and no matter what the reviews say.
6) Pay close attention to age ranges for each toy. A toy that is perfectly safe for an older child can pose a serious hazard for a smaller child. For example, a toy that is quite safe for a teen may contain small, removable parts that can pose a serious choking hazard to a toddler. When buying and receiving toys, take a note of the age range for each toy and ensure that it matches the age of the recipient.
The Flaxman Law Group has handled many Miami products liability cases and personal injury cases through our law offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood. If you need to speak with an experienced legal team about your case, contact the Flaxman Law Group to arrange for a free initial consultation.