Experts Name Most Dangerous Toys for Summer 2018
GEORGIA – June 21, 2018 (accessatlanta.com) Experts have weighed in on the most dangerous toys for summer 2018, according to an online report from accessatlanta.com. Some of your children’s favorites might be on the list.*
The consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) says nearly half of all injuries and fatalities to children occur during the summer months. Hospital emergency departments in the United States treat about 2.5 million kids during the summertime who have been injured in accidents. Many of these accidents can be prevented by monitoring and restricting the toys your children use during the summer.
As reported by WATCH, the top 10 most dangerous toys this year include:
- Water balloon slingshots
- Lawn darts
- Low-riding wheeled toys, like Big Wheels or plastic tricycles
- Backyard pools, both in- and above-ground
- All-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
- Toys with small parts
- Shallow water toys, like baby pools
- Backyard water slides
- High-powered water guns or guns with projectile ammunition
- Bounce houses and backyard trampolines
Some of these might seem surprising, but a look at the numbers reveals why they made the list. For instance, between 2003 and 2013, inflatable bounce houses were the cause of more than 100,000 child injuries and 12 deaths. And trampolines cause approximately 100,000 injuries every single year, with 22 reported deaths between 2000 and 2009.
In addition, water slides can cause neck injuries and paralysis, particularly in older children. Low-riding toys present a danger because motorists cannot see kids on them in the street. A child riding one of these might be hit by a car and sustain serious injuries.
To ensure your kids have a fun and safe summer, always consider the risks of the toys they use, and keep an eye on them while they play.
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