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Christmas is right around the corner. While some people will be hitting the roads to get to their Christmas celebrations, others may be rushing to the stores to buy gifts.

Holiday Giving Tips from the CPSC

If you are among these shoppers and you’ll be looking for gifts for children, the following safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) can help you choose a fun gift that your little loved ones can enjoy (rather than a dangerous item that could potentially harm them):

  1. Get a gift intended for the age of the child – This might sound obvious, but it can go overlooked and end up putting little ones (who don’t understand certain risks) in danger. So, look for manufacturer’s instructions regarding appropriate ages for that toy or item – and follow them.
  2. Get safety equipment with sporting goods – In other words, get a helmet and safety pads with items like bicycles, skateboards and roller skates. For other sporting equipment (like a surfboard, for example), you may want to go the extra mile and get one or two lessons so the little recipient gets some professional guidance on how to use the equipment safely.
  3. Inspect and assemble toys before giving them to children – Inspecting toys can alert you to any damage, defects or other possible dangers that could harm children. Also, assembling toys, including adding batteries and charging toys for children, can also help reduce the risk that toys may harm them.
  4. Steer clear of certain gifts for children under 5 – These specifically include gifts with magnets, balloons and/or small parts.

Post-Holiday Safety Tips: How to Wrap It Up Safely

  • Don’t forget about your tree after Christmas. As long as your tree is up, continue to nourish it with water to prevent it from drying out. Dry trees can be fire hazards. In fact, each year in the U.S., at least 200 Christmas trees cause home fires, and more than 1 in 3 of these fires takes place in Janurary.1
  • Don’t burn your Christmas tree or wrapping paper in a fireplace. These items can be highly combustible, causing flames to shoot out of fire places.
  • When taking down lights outside, check the weather first, and get an extra pair of hands to help if possible. Also, remember to practice ladder safety (e.g., keeping 2 hands and 1 foot or 1 hand and 2 feet in contact with the ladder at all times, placing the ladder firmly on flat ground, etc.).

Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Attorney at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

If you have been hurt by a defective, dangerous or toxic product, contact a Columbia SC personal injury attorney at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for clear answers about your rights and options for proceeding, as well as effective legal advocacy moving forward.

Call our firm at 866-881-8623 or email us via the contact form on this page to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

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1: According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

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