Global Toy Safety Watchdog Group Lists Top 10 Risky Summer Hazards
World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc or W.A.T.C.H. has issued a list of some hazards that all parents and caregivers should be aware of especially during the summer months. Summertime accounts for nearly half of all injury-related deaths to children, resulting in around 2.5 million children injured in accidents during the summer.
Water Balloon Sling Shots
Users should be aware of the potential danger the balloons could cause to the eyes, in addition to the choking hazard for young children. It should also be noted that some of the instructions are a bit exaggerated and unrealistic.
Poses a blunt impact injury threat.
Low-riding Toys Such as Big Wheels
W.A.T.C.H suggests avoiding driveways and roads where motorists may not see them or on pool patios where there is a risk of drowning. Helmets are also recommended as well as using low profile riding tows.
In-ground and Above Ground Pools
The W.A.T.C.H. group advises that using multiple barriers of protection to prevent access to the poolside is a great way to prevent accidental drowning.
It’s recommended that all ATVs should be avoided altogether.
Toys Containing Small Parts
Detachable and small parts could pose a choking hazard to smaller and younger children.
Baby Pools, Garden Buckets, and Pool Covers
When done using a baby pool, garden bucket or pool cover be sure to drain the water completely and turn the item over so that it will not collect rainwater.
Adults and teens using slides designed for younger children could lead to severe injuries or even paralysis.
High-powered Water Guns and Guns with Projectile Ammunition
Most of the injuries that occur with these kinds of toys are related to the eyes, be sure to always provide eye protection for your child when playing with these kinds of toys.
Bounce Houses and Trampoline
Although most injuries come from the inside of these playhouses there have been many incidents of bounce houses becoming airborne. Trampolines have been associated with approximately 100,000 injuries per year according to W.A.T.C.H.