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Parents reminded of toy safety ahead of the holiday season

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports 18 toy-related deaths in 2007 and an estimated 170,100 children under the age of 15 were treated for toy-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms. Most deaths are associated with airway obstruction from small toys, drowning, or motor vehicle accidents during play.

In an effort to increase toy safety awareness and reduce the number of toy-related injuries, the CPSC has identified the top five toy hazards for 2008:

    • Scooters and other Riding Toys - Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn at all times and be sized to fit.
    • Small Balls and other Toys with Small Parts - For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
    • Balloons - Children under eight years can choke or suffocate on un-inflated or broken balloons. Keep un-inflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
    • Magnets - For children under age six, avoid building or play sets with small magnets. If magnets or pieces with magnets are swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur.
    • Chargers and Adapters - Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to children.

For more information call or the CPSC's toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-CPSC or check out the website at www.cpsc.gov.

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