LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Christmas is almost here, which means toys and gifts galore for local youngsters, but the Livingston County Department of Health says adults need to take steps to make sure Santa brings safe presents.
According to a press release from the Department of Health, it is important to remember to buy toys that are safe, free of lead, and securely put together for children’s safety.
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“Please take time to teach children how to use their toys to prevent potential injuries,” said Yvonne Oliver, Public Safety Educator with the Department of Health. “Knowing what to buy for your children is the best way to keep your children safe.”
The Health Department of health recommends that parents avoid toys with sharp edges, points, or splinters, toys with loose or small parts that could pose a choking hazard, toys with long strings or ribbons which can wrapped around children, toy boxes without safety hinges on the lid, loud toys that can damage children’s hearing, and toy guns that fire projectiles.
“It is important to buy toys that are age-appropriate, washable and non-breakable,” added Oliver. “Some toys can be very dangerous. Carefully check all toys for potential hazards before purchasing.”
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Livingston County Department of Health at (585) 243- 7299 or check the Livingston County Department of Health website to watch for toy recalls at www.livingstoncounty.us/doh.htm.
The Livingston County Department of Health website does not currently list any toys as being recalled.