NHM Health Focus: Safe Toys and Gifts
As the Holiday gift giving season approaches, so does the challenge of selecting the right gift for each recipient. While we want each gift to be appropriate, appreciated, and above all, safe, this is often not as easy as we would like.
The scope of the problem is much larger than most of us realize. Many gifts, especially toys and items for younger people need to be both safe and age appropriate. "Last year, an estimated 140,700 children were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms after toy-related incidents and 13 children died. " (CPSC)
Another tip: Gifts of food should be safe and free of allergens harmful to the recipient. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) share responsibility for food safety and provide safety tips as well as recall information.
For a combined listing of recalls ordered by six U. S. Government Agencies check Recalls.org. Each of these agencies has its own has responsibility for a different set of products:
Help is available:
More helpful guidelines, tips, and warnings are linked in the sidebar. With informed selection, the gift you give can be appropriate, appreciated, and SAFE!
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to safe toys and gifts: