CHARLESTON — Holidays are a time for joy, but it is important to take precautions for a safe and poison-free season. The West Virginia Poison Center offers these toy safety recommendations.
Vintage toys may contain lead. Keep older toys up and away from children.
Disc, button, or coin batteries are extremely dangerous and can cause severe injury if swallowed. Make sure all items that children play with have secured battery compartments, such as a battery area that requires a screwdriver to open. Keep all products containing accessible batteries up and away from children and pets.
Some toys and novelty items contain small, powerful magnets that can cause serious injury if swallowed. Do not purchase toys with small, strong magnets for young children.
If children are playing with toys such as chemistry kits or art supplies, be sure to know where to find the ingredient list in case a poisoning occurs. It is also important to follow all directions on toys that involve mixing items.
Even with safety measures in place, some toys are recalled. Before purchasing toys, check to see if they are on a recall list.
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Call the medical experts at the West Virginia Poison Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even during the holidays, if a potential poisoning occurs. Do not wait for symptoms to appear.
About the West Virginia Poison Center:
The West Virginia Poison Center provides comprehensive emergency poison information, prevention and educational resources to West Virginians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The WVPC is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians with special training in treatment of poisonings. Located in Charleston, WV, the WVPC is a part of the West Virginia University-Charleston Division. Toll-free:1-800-222-1222. Website:www.wvpoisoncenter.org.