Everyone loves toys, but it’s wise to use caution as to prevent people getting hurt. In 2015, 254,000 people were treated by a doctor for toy-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Nearly half (45 percent) of those injuries occurred on the face or head. When it comes to fun and play in your backyard, keep in mind that the most prevalent injuries were caused by playthings that are designed to be used outside:
- 21 percent of toy injuries were caused by non-motorized scooters.
- Eight percent were caused by toy balls.
- Five percent were caused by flying discs.
To keep kids safe:
- Make sure the toy is appropriate for the age of the child.
- Make sure kids are properly supervised and using toys in the way the toys were meant to be used.
- Before leaving home or going inside, be sure any and all outdoor toys are picked up and put away in a locked garage or shed.
Homeowners want their yards to be a place where happy memories are made. To make your play space safer, go the extra mile to make it as safe as possible, especially when you add features like swimming pools and trampolines. Then, schedule a talk with an ERIE agent. You deserve the peace of mind that comes with an ERIE policy.