With the holidays just around the corner, chances are that you are about to start your holiday shopping (if you haven’t already done so!). However, before you hit the stores, it is important to remember that not all gifts are safe, and when purchasing presents–especially for kids–it is smart to keep safety in mind. Here’s what you need to know:
Buying Safe Gifts for Kids
Before you buy a gift for any little ones in your life this holiday season, review the following checklist to ensure that it is safe:
- Is the gift age-appropriate? Most toys and games are labeled to indicate what age children they are intended for. Typically, the biggest danger of buying a toy too old for a child is a choking hazard due to small parts. In other cases, there might be sharp edges or electronic components that may not be appropriate for younger children.
- Has the toy been listed on a recall list? Another thing that you can check for before you buy something for a kid is whether or not the toy has had any complaints filed against it for safety hazards, or if it has been named on a recall list.
- Does the toy contain lead, phthalates, or other dangerous materials? You want to make sure that toys are free of certain chemicals and other dangers before you buy them. Indeed, lead is still found in some children’s toys and jewelry. Phthalates can also be found in children’s toys, and can be very harmful. Health consequences of phthalate exposure include effects on the reproductive system, cancer, development delays, behavior problems, and more.
Many children also have severe allergies, so it is also a good idea to discuss any “unsure” items with their parents beforehand.
Buy Safe When Shopping for Adults, Too
It is not just kids’ gifts that you need to think twice about when making your shopping list this holiday season; even adults gifts can be dangerous. Indeed, electronics, home goods, vehicles, and more have all caused serious injuries to adults over the years. The best thing that you can do before making a purchase is to check the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recall list.
Obviously adults also suffer from food allergies and that is something to consider to consider when purchasing a holiday gift. The holiday season is a popular time to send food gift baskets, many of which contain nut products. Clearly you may not be able to take each person’s individual health issues when purchasing a thoughtful gift basket, especially if it is for an office, but try to stick with individually wrapped items. This way people are able to avoid something that may not agree with them.
Experienced Attorneys Here to Represent You
In the event that you or a loved one is harmed by a dangerous product this holiday season, we want you to know that our law firm is here to represent you. You can contact our experienced product liability attorneys today for a free consultation regarding your rights when a product causes harm.