Durant helps raise toy safety awareness

11/25/2008

GREEN BAY – Dr. Tammy Durant, a family medicine provider at Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Howard, recently urged families to be aware of the health consequences of hazardous toys this holiday season.

Hazardous toys are still sold in stores across the country despite protective laws, according to the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG). The group pointed to information from the 23rd annual Toy Safety Survey, released during a November 25 press conference at Bellin Health.

“Shoppers should remember to examine all toys carefully for hidden dangers before you make a purchase this holiday season,” said Robert Guise, a WISPIRG spokesman.

Durant, who specializes in child and adolescent care at FMC-Howard agreed.

“Child safety, specifically toy safety, should be top-of-mind with the gift-giving season just around the corner,” Durant said. “We must remain vigilant and make safe, age-appropriate selections for kids this holiday season. Small, detachable parts, magnets, toxicity and other hazards can result in serious health complications for our children.”

According to the most recent data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), toy-related injuries sent more than 80,000 children under the age of five to emergency rooms in 2007. Eighteen children died from toy-related injuries that year.