boy playing with carAs parents we need to be vigilant to keep our kids safe with their new holiday toys. Always double check to make sure toys are age appropriate. Many toys have small, moving parts that can become a danger. Sometimes it’s not the toy itself but something hidden, like a battery, that can be a choking hazard. If the toy comes with a battery make sure it is secured tightly so that it stays in place.

Always read the instructions and any safety warnings for each toy. If your child got a new bike, scooter, skateboard, or another riding toy, make sure they are wearing a helmet every time they ride. This simple step can help prevent traumatic brain injuries and more serious outcomes of they fall.

It’s always good idea to store toys after play time is over.

Using a bin or container to store toys will help eliminate tripping hazards and other injuries . Finally, check periodically for product recalls, and visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission to learn about toy safety. Our Safe Kids Arizona website also has several helpful tips to help keep your children safe all year long.