Brookings Health System Advocates Toy Safety this Holiday Season

Posted: 12/7/2011

Brookings Health System encourages parents, grandparents and others purchasing gifts for children this holiday season to keep toy safety in mind.

Some tips for purchasing a safe toy for a child include:

  • Consider the child's age and skill level when buying a toy.
  • Inspect the toy for small pieces to prevent choking hazards.
  • Avoid toys with strings or cords for young children.
  • Avoid toys with electrical plugs or batteries for children younger than eight years old.
  • Stay up-to-date on toy product recalls from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission at http://www.cpsc.gov/.

The best toy injury prevention is to supervise children closely when they play. Further steps that ensure child safety while playing with a toy include:

  • Repair or discard damaged toys immediately.
  • Do not allow riding toys to be used near stairs, traffic, or swimming pools.
  • Encourage children to put toys away after playing.
  • Ensure toy chests with lids have safety hinges.

For more information on toy safety, refer to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at http://www.cpsc.gov/.

About Brookings Health System
Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.