Reprinted from Fox 24
Hoverboards, kiddie pools, and toy guns are among the playthings on a consumer watchdog’s annual list of hazardous summer toys.
The World Against Toys Causing Harm, also known as W.A.T.C.H., has released a worst toys list for more than 30 years now.
Products making the list are not the only dangerous toys on the market.
The list is meant to represent the range of hazards faced by children with summer toys from eye injuries that can have life-long effects to drownings.
Consumers are encouraged to look carefully at the warnings on packaging to determine if the product can be used safely.
W.A.T.C.H.’s president, Joan Siff, says over two and a half million children are injured in accidents each summer.
“The fact is nearly half of all injury-related deaths to children occur during the summer months. The key message we want to emphasize to parents is that many of these injuries and deaths seen each summer and year-round are preventable,” said Siff.