Reducing the risk of toy-related injuries this Christmas

A good tip to go by is that if it is small enough to fit in a roll of toilet paper, it's too small for the child under the age of three. They can choke on it.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Christmas is almost here and with kids excited to get their hands on new toys, it's always important to keep safety in mind.

Some toys can pose a real safety hazard, especially for younger children.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 174,00 toy-related injuries for kids under the age of 15 in 2016. So when opening and playing with toys this Christmas, it's important to pay attention to label guidelines that include a child's age limit.

Even if you think that your child is old enough to play with a certain toy, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Toys that can be dangerous include marbles and Leggos, and even stuffed animals.

"Is the stuffed animal toy sewn on or is it attached, because a small child can chew that eye off and it sounds terrible," said Karen Beard of Driscoll Children's Hospital. "Anything sticking out, a small child will get it and they will take it off and they will swallow it."

Another safety measure is separating toys from older kids and younger kids, and making sure someone keeps an eye on kids during family gatherings.

A good tip to go by is that if it is small enough to fit in a roll of toilet paper, it's too small for the child under the age of three. They can choke on it.

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