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Toy safety tips for the holiday season

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AUGUSTA, GA (WTOC) -

Nearly 120,000 children under 14 years of age are treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries each year.

Safe Kids Greater Augusta would like to remind parents to only purchase safe, age-appropriate toys.

Safe Kids Greater Augusta offers these ideas for age-appropriate gifts.

-Newborn to age 1: Floor activity centers, squeaky toys and soft dolls

-Ages 1 to 3: Soft blocks, large blocks, push and pull toys, books and pounding and shaping toys.

-Ages 3 to 5: Nontoxic art supplies, pretend toys like play money and telephones, teddy bears or dolls, and outdoor toys.

-Ages 5 to 9: Arts and crafts kits, puppets, jump ropes, action figures and miniature dolls.

-Ages 9-14: Handheld electronic games, board games, sports equipment, model kits and musical instruments.

To help promote safety for all ages, here are a few tips:

-Check warning labels to prevent unintentional choking or injury.

-Inspect older toys for damage or sharp edges or parts.

-Avoid toys that contain lead paint.

-Avoid toys with small parts or edges, toys that produce loud noises and projectiles.

-Try to avoid buying toys with strings, straps or cords longer than seven inches.

-Cap guns should not be given to children younger than eight years old.

To find out more about local Safe Kids programs, call 706.721.7606, or visit grhealth.org/safekids.

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