There are thousands of toy related injuries each year, nearly half of which occur during the summer months. World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H) is a non-profit organization which focuses on educating the public on the dangers to children from the use of many children’s products. See http://toysafety.org/about/need-for-action/
At a press conference at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston, Consumer Advocates Joan E. Siff, President of W.A.T.C.H., and James A. Swartz, a nationally known trial attorney and Director of W.A.T.C.H., discussed their summer safety concerns, including some lesser-known warm weather safety “traps” and recreational products that parents need to avoid to help prevent tragic accidents this season. The summer safety traps focused on pool-related warnings that could help prevent severe injuries or even death. W.A.T.C.H. also highlighted safety concerns regarding summer type activities such as, inflatable recreational products, backyard trampolines, realistic toy guns, and pool covers. When it comes to water safety, caregivers and parents have to be vigilant, making sure there are multiple barriers of protection that are working correctly. Siff and Swartz both stated that “the combination of warm weather and school vacation is an opportunity for children to enjoy the outdoors, but can also be a time for injuries.” For the complete article please visit, http://toysafety.org/press-release-6915/.
Although much of the focus is in the summer months right now, dangerous toys account for a number of deaths of children year round. Please do not assume that because a toy is available for sale online or at your local retailer, that it is necessarily safe for your children. Carefully inspect the toy ahead of time whenever possible, and read all packaging and labels, including warnings and instructions.