The New Jersey Injury Lawyers at Console & Hollawell Provide Toy Safety Tips in Honor of National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, Holiday Shopping Season

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The holiday season is in full swing starting this week, increasing the need for parents to take particular care when purchasing toys for their children. To that end, December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. The lawyers at Console & Hollawell feel attention should be placed on toy safety year round, not just during the holidays. They also wish to remind parents to speak with a skilled New Jersey injury lawyer immediately if their child has been injured by a toy due to the negligence of another.

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It is imperative that all who plan on purchasing toys this holiday season recognize the need for increased diligence. You need to make sure the toy you are gifting will be safe for the child.

The holiday season is in full swing starting this week, increasing the need for parents to take particular care when purchasing toys for their children. To that end, December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. The lawyers at Console & Hollawell feel attention should be placed on toy safety year round, not just during the holidays. They also wish to remind parents to speak with a skilled New Jersey injury lawyer immediately if their child has been injured by a toy due to the negligence of another.

National Safe Toys and Gifts Month was founded by Prevent Blindness America in order to spread awareness of the real danger toys can pose to the health and safety of children. Toys are more dangerous than many may realize. In fact, in 2010 there were more than 250,000 children treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).* This estimated number showed a slight increase from the previous year.* The CPSC report also highlighted that just under 50 percent of these visits involved injuries to the head or face.*

Richard P. Console, Jr., one of the trial attorneys and managing partner at the firm, has seen the tragedy that can arise from toys that have been given to children too young or that were dangerous or defective.

“Toys that cause injury to a child can stem from either a defect or danger with the toy itself or as the result of a child being given a non-age appropriate item,” Console explained. “It is imperative that all who plan on purchasing toys this holiday season recognize the need for increased diligence. You need to make sure the toy you are gifting will be safe for the child.”
Console wants all children to have an enjoyable and safe holiday season and has provided the following tips that should be kept in mind when purchasing toys.

1)    Always ensure that the toy is age appropriate. There will be a marking on the package noting what age groups the item is suitable for.
2)    Never give toys with small pieces that children can place in their mouth. This poses a serious choking hazard. This also includes toys with smaller parts that may become detached.
3)    Check the CPSC website to learn of all recent product recalls, at cpsc.gov. If you do find a toy you own on their website, immediately take the product away from the child and contact the manufacturer.
4)    If purchasing toys for young children, they should be free of moving parts that could pinch, sharp edges that could cut or stab, and should always be made with nontoxic materials.

The personal injury attorneys at Console & Hollawell, P.C. have been protecting the rights of accident victims since 1994. In an effort to make this holiday season more enjoyable, they urge that all take added care and safety measures.

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