Holiday safety tips: 10 dangerous toys to avoid


The holidays are just around the corner: a festive time to gather together, break bread, exchange gifts and maybe watch “A Christmas Story” for the fiftieth time. To help prevent injury and keep your family safe this season, we present this year’s top 10 toys to avoid (and no, the Red Ryder BB gun didn’t make the list):

  1. Itty Bittys Baby Stacking Toy: The small, removable pieces are a choking hazard.
  2. Pull Along Polly: The cord’s length exceeds safety standards and presents a risk of strangulation.
  3. Wonder Woman Battle Action Sword: The hard plastic of the blade could lead to injuries.
  4. Hand Fidgetz Spinners: While this product’s instructions say it is not intended as a toy, it is nonetheless found in many toy departments. It has the potential to overheat and may contain large amounts of lead.
  5. Spider-Man Spider-Drone Official Movie Edition: The rotating blades on this toy pose a risk of injury.
  6. Nerf Zombie Strike Deadbolt Crossbow: This toy has the potential to cause injuries to the face and eyes.
  7. Slackers Slackline Classic Series Kit: The label says it all on this one: potential for “severe injury or even death.”
  8. Oval Xylophone: This toy—which is intended for babies—includes a long handle that could be a choking hazard.
  9. Jetts Heel Wheels: At attachment to convert your shoes into roller skates, this toy boasts that it creates sparks when in use—which is a burn hazard.
  10. Brianna Baby Doll: Intended for children as young as 18 months, this toy’s small, removable pieces are a choking hazard.

Steer clear of the above toys to keep your family safe and keep your holidays merry. Enjoy the season!


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