Scooters Top List of Toy Hazards

It's almost time for kids to start making out their Christmas lists. This is also the time of year the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues warnings to parents about what toys might be harmful to kids. Bill Stamps tells us what to look out for this year.
This year the Consumer Product Safety Commission says the top five toy hazards are scooters, small balls, balloons, magnets and anything with a charger or adapter. But Doctor David Delmos of Children's Hospital in Houston says those scooters are definitely number one on the list.

"Most kids who come to the ER for scooter injuries are not children who die. They're children who fall down, get broken bones, bruises, abrasions, head injuries things like that. But pretty much across the board, most of the children are not wearing any type of protective gear."

Statistics show there are more than 170-thousand toy related injuries each year. That doesn't mean the toy was at fault. It just means the child was playing or riding it when the accident happened.

Safety experts don't have any specific toys to avoid this year. But when it comes to young children, they say keep an eye out on things that can be swallowed. Jamie Byrd works for Children's Hospital.

"This particular Barbie has many different items on her that can be taken off and could cause a potential choking hazard."

Much of the advice may sound like common sense. And so no matter what toys are lying around the house the experts say the best way to prevent accidents is to keep a close eye on your children, especially the little ones who like to put everything in their mouths.

Bill Stamps, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.