Calendar of Events
December 6 – Tullahoma Christmas Parade
December 7 – Winchester Christmas Parade
December 14 – Decherd Christmas Parade
December 21 – Winter Solstice
December 24 – Christmas Eve
December 25 – Christmas
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month
For several years, Prevent Blindness America has
declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month. For
parents, grandparents and others shopping for children, there
are many things to consider about the choices they make.
Children have been seen in emergency rooms due to choking, eye
injuries, or even poisoning. Most of this was caused by injuries
due to poorly made items and misuse of toys.
In a 2010 report from the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, it was estimated that hospital emergency
rooms treated 251,700 toy-related injuries thoughout the U.S. Of
that number, 72 percent of injuries were to those less than 15
years of age. They also found that 46 percent of the 251,700
ER-treated injuries occurred to the head and face area.
Lacerations, abrasions, and contusions made up most of the
There are two things to keep in mind when
shopping for toys:
Keep the age
of the child in mind when purchasing gifts and consider their
maturity level. Read the age recommendations and any warnings on
the packaging, and abide by them.
that are well constructed and meet the American society for
testing and Materials’ (ASTM) approval. You will see a label on
the package if the item meets these standards.
Prevent Blindness asks you to make these
recommendations to family members and friends about gifts that
you feel are appropriate for your child, and be diligent about
inspecting the gifts before the child plays with them. This may
seem a little heartless at Christmas, but it’s better to be safe
Choose toys that are a developmental tool as well
as a recreational activity for children, not to cause harm.
Children should be supervised at all times, and instructed on
the proper use of the toy. 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 followed.
Stuffed items should be machine washable, fabric items should be
non-flammable and/or flame resistant, and art supplies should
read non-toxic. Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the
package, (evaluated by American Society for Testing and
Materials). Outdoor recreational items such as skateboards or
baseballs should be accompanied by the appropriate safety gear,
such as helmets and gloves. BB Guns should be given to only
those of the proper age and maturity to handle them safely, and
comfortable safety goggles should be included.
Keep these tips in mind throughout the year, as
children are given toys more often than just at Christmas. It’s
just a good time to emphasize that we want everyone to have a
safe and happy holiday season!
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