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A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety

The holidays are almost here and that means presents. Well meaning mothers and fathers delight in treating the young ones with the coolest toys for the holidays.
It is important that parents explain to others some rules about toys and eye safety. Accidents with unsafe toys often occur, occasionally causing blindness.

Below are a few guidelines to protect kids from toy related harm:

  1. When buying a toy, ensure it is developmentally appropriate. Be careful not to allow little children to play with toys and games intended for older brothers or sisters.

  2. Demonstrate to children how to use new toys and games. Prior to play examine new toys for sturdy, safe construction.

  3. Be careful not to let small kids play unsupervised.

  4. Promote eye safety awareness by tossing out toy or games with points, spikes, or rods or plastic or wooden missiles, commonly found in war-themed toys.

Before giving in and buying that latest game that your kids have been begging for, take a few minutes to read up on toy safety guidelines. Anyone who has ever watched ''A Christmas Story'' should have learned that already. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.

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