Good Choices Can Keep Holidays Safer
Posted November 20, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST
RALEIGH — The toys your children get this holiday season may be hazardous to their health. Taking a few simple steps can keep play time fun and the holidays happier.
North Carolina Product Information Research Group(NC PIRG) came out with their annual list ofpotentially dangerous toys.
Colin Waite with NC PIRG says anything smaller than 1 3/4" is a choking hazard. He says countless toys are sold without required warnings.
More than 152,000 people visited North Carolina emergency rooms last year with toy-related injuries. At WakeMed, two-thirds of those injuries were attributed to bicycles and the foot-powered scooter.
Raleigh is the latest city to join several Triangle-area municipalities requiring bike helmets for anyone under 16 riding bikes, scooters, skates or skateboards.
The National Association of State PIRGs has a list of tips that consumers should think about before purchasing toys.
"Sometimes, it's kind of a pain. Sometimes, the print is small, but sometimes that will alert us to things to make us decide to choose something else," she says.