December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, a project led by Prevent Blindness America. The group hopes to educate parents and other gift shoppers through awareness efforts all throughout the month. The rate at which children are being checked into ERs due to choking, eye injuries, or even poisoning is astonishing. Hundreds of thousands of children have undergone unnecessary injuries due to poorly made items and misuse of toys.

This holiday season, Meditab hopes to spread the word on the many easy ways parents can keep their children safe. Simple tips such as looking for the appropriate warning labels can help save children’s lives. Toys are meant to be used as a developmental tool as well as a recreational activity for children, not to cause harm. Children should be carefully instructed on the proper use for a toy and they should be supervised at all times.

Labels are the best way to decide whether a toy or other item is right for a child. Most new toys have appropriate age labels and these should be abide by. Fabric items should be non-flammable and/or flame resistant, stuffed items should be machine washable, and art supplies must read non-toxic. Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they”ve been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Also, outdoor recreational items such as skateboards or baseballs should be accompanied by the appropriate safety gear (such as helmets and gloves).

When buying toys or other items for children keep these simple tips in mind. Happy Holidays from Meditab Software Inc.