experienced-personal-lawyer-orlando-floridaWhen it comes to the holiday season, many adults will find themselves getting into their cars and heading for the toy store. This winter, remember that the toys you will be buying for younger children should be as safe as possible. Unfortunately, just because toys are being sold in the stores does not mean that they are necessarily safe.

How can you avoid the dangerous toys and get your family members or friend’s children or even your own child the best toy possible? We’ve got you covered. Read on to find out how you can be the safest shopper possible this holiday season!

At the end of the day, screening to make sure your toys are consumer safe is not as demanding as it may sound. Putting in the time will not be as drastic as you think it might be. You can easily go online and search for the worst toys of the year list, as well as go onto the CPSC’s toy recall page to see what toys are already being flagged as dangerous. This will help you steer well clear away. Plus, with everyone having smart phones with Internet service, it’s actually easier than ever to look things up, even if you’re on the go. Check the list when you get to the mall and you’ll quickly get a full picture of what toys to stay away from.

Choosing toys that are particularly free of hazards is so important, especially this holiday season. The holidays should be a joyful time of giving and receiving and spending time with family and friends. Unfortunately, thousands of children will go to the emergency room for treatment as a result of dangerous toys. In 2015, 185,000 children were treated for injuries in the ER that they sustained from their toys. Don’t let that be someone you love this holiday season. It would be horrible to see such a time ruined by a horrible tragedy.

It may not be that nice to hear, but it’s a lot nicer than the alternative. It’s all too easy to dismiss toys as harmless– they’re playful! They’re fun! The truth is, they very may well be fun. But do they have long cords? Do they have buttons or small objects that could easily be pulled off or detached? Toys with small pieces or long cords can be a risk for strangulation or choking or even internal distress. If the toys have magnets built in, the risk may be particularly great. Kids put a lot of things into their mouths, so you have to be careful to buy toys that are constructed correctly.

Be also sure to pull off any plastic film before you give toys to children. Often times you may be able to get a good idea of how dangerous a toy is just by looking at it. With others, like electronic toys or battery-operated toys, the danger may be a bit more hidden. So use caution and if you’re thinking about buying a toy and you’ve narrowed it down, just do a quick search to see if there have been any complaints about its construction or whether it’s all rave reviews.

Use your common sense this holiday season while buying toys and you’ll be just fine. If you do experience harm as the result of a poorly constructed toy or just want legal advice, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today.