Young children love to play outside, and riding toys are among their favorite toys. What child doesn’t love to ride on a scooter? But a new study from the Consumer Product Safety Commission has found a dramatic rise in the number of toy-related injuries over the past few decades. Here’s what you need to know to keep your child safe.
Which toys are most dangerous?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission cites fold-up razor scooters as the most dangerous ride-on toy out there. There has been a 40 percent increase in injuries over the past decade. In fact, 50,000 children have been sent to the emergency room in the past year. Most of these injuries are due to falls, and as you can imagine, boys and young children are most at risk.
Keeping your kids safe
Parents can play a major role in keeping their children safe when using ride-on toys. First, make sure the toy is always age-appropriate before your child even rides on it. Also, have a firm rule that they must always wear a helmet. I also recommend knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards, especially if they are on a scooter or a skate board. Make sure that your child is always supervised and keep them out of moving traffic at all times.
Scooter safety comes first
Children need lots of outdoor playtime, and a ride-on toy can be a great way for them to have fun and get exercise. But parents need to consider the consequences if the toy is not age-appropriate or does not have a good safety record. Remember, safety should always come first when choosing a toy for your child.