- The holiday season and gift giving go
hand-in-hand. Don’t forget about toy safety when shopping for presents.
- An estimated 181,500 children were
treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury in 2010. Nearly half of
those injured were children four years old and younger.
- Choose toys that are age appropriate.
- Take the time to read the instructions
and warning labels to make sure the toy is right for the right age group.
- Make sure toys for young children
don’t include small parts or other potential choking hazards.
- Don’t forget a helmet for riding toys.
If you’re gifting a bike, skateboard, scooter or other riding equipment, make
sure to include a helmet and any other required safety equipment.
- Consider storage. Make sure that you
have bins or containers to store the toys when not in use to avoid injury.
- Sign up to receive product recalls in case
any of the gifts you give or gifts your child receives are later found to be
- This Saturday brings with it a 50
percent chance of snow. Is your car ready for winter travel and/or emergencies?
- Residents should make sure their cars
are ready for winter and for emergencies, especially if holiday travel plans
include any driving over the mountains.
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle and
make sure it includes the following:
- Windshield scraper and shovel.
- Snack food and water.
- Flashlights with extra batteries.
- Extra hats, coats and mittens and
- Tire chains, road salt, sand and
- Bright colored flags or help signs and
- Road maps, a tool kit and a first aid
- Know when to stay and when to go. If
visibility and conditions aren’t safe, just stay home.
- Check COtrip before you travel and make sure
you are comfortable with the road and visibility conditions.