BOSTON, Mass. (WNCN) – World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) revealed its nominees for the “10 Worst Toys of 2015.”
W.A.T.C.H. is urging parents to take extra precautions when buying toys online.
According to W.A.T.C.H , one child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury. From 1990 to 2011, there was a 40 percent increase in toy-related injuries.
In addition to W.A.T.C.H., the U.S. PIRG Education Fund also conducted an annual survey and released its report the of 22 potentially hazardous toys. The U.S. PIRG Education Fund says that none of the toys violate the law.
Andy Jakubowicz, WakeMed Children’s ER assistant director, says the list is important for anyone buying toys or spending time with children.
“I think it’s a family issue. I don’t think it’s just parental issue. I think we need to educate parents, as well as grandparents as well as aunts and uncles as well as even kids – brothers and sisters and cousins about these issues,” Jakubowicz said.
Jakubowicz says don’t let a child under the age of three have a toy that’s small enough to fit through a cardboard toilet paper roll. He also suggests storing older and younger kids toys separately.