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Safe Toy and Celebrations Month in December

December 6, 2018

Littleton, NH - Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season. Some, especially toys made in other countries, antique toys and toy jewelry, may contain lead. We can neither see nor smell lead. Manufacturers use lead in paints and pigments on some toys. Lead can seriously effect children, especially those younger than 6 years old. Exposure can cause your child to be fussy and have belly pain. Lead can also cause hearing loss. Children exposed to lead may have learning problems and be behind in developmental milestones, such as sitting, walking, and talking.

To reduce risks of coming in contact with lead through toys, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls toys that may expose children to lead. Check cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Toy-Recall-Statistics to learn more about toy safety.

CPSC's safety tips when buying toys:

Celebrations

Many people travel during the holidays by car. Driving over the holidays has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2015, 355 people died on New Year's Day, 386 on Thanksgiving Day and 273 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2017. People who die from alcohol-impairment represent about one-third of the totals.

Safety tips while on the road over the holidays:

And while decorating:

And during food prep:

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