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Water balloon slingshot tops list of ‘summer safety trap’ toys

BOSTON, MA – World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (WATCH) kicked off summer with important safety information for parents and caregivers to help keep kids safe during the warm weather months and year round.

Consumer Advocates Joan E. Siff, President of WATCH, and James A. Swartz, a nationally known trial attorney and Director of WATCH said the combination of warm weather and school vacation is an opportunity for children to enjoy the outdoors, but can also be a time for injuries. Summer months account for nearly half of all injury-related deaths to children, and hospital emergency departments will treat about 2.5 million children injured in accidents, they noted. WATCH believes awareness of some popular family activities with a track record of injuries and deaths could save lives and reduce injuries.

WATCH writes in its report, “Continued injuries and deaths to children from popular warm-weather backyard activities, drowning, toys with small parts and other hazards reveal the urgent need for increased awareness, safer products, better pre-market testing, and a more responsible marketplace to help prevent injuries. In the meantime, parents can avoid many hazards relating to toys and recreational activities by remaining vigilant, identifying safety red flags, and knowing the facts.”

WATCH’s Top 10 Summer Safety Traps for 2018:

  • Water balloon slingshot
  • Lawn darts
  • Low-riding wheeled toys
  • Backyard in-ground and above-ground pools
  • All-Terrain Vehicles
  • Toys with small parts
  • Shallow pools (baby pools, garden buckets, pool covers)
  • Backyard water slides
  • High-powered water guns & guns with projectile ammunition
  • Bounce houses and backyard trampolines

More information on the list, click HERE.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook