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Christmas has passed, and kids across the country are playing with their new toys and gifts from friends, family and Santa. However, it is important to check the toys to make sure they are age appropriate and safe.

In 2022, there were more than 200,000 toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Kids ages 4 and younger accounted for 38% of those injuries.

Some toys that can be dangerous for children include balloons, non-motorized scooters, powered riding toys, stuffed animals, toy magnets, tricycles, and water beads, the latter of which can expand in a child’s throat or stomach if eaten. Button batteries also pose a threat to children, as they can cause burns in the esophagus and stomach if swallowed.

Child safety expert Kenzie Evrard with Norton Children’s Hospital said it’s important to be familiar with the toys you plan to give.

“They definitely want to look on the labels on the toys, and look at the instructions and the warning labels, and make sure that the toys are developmentally appropriate. That way, they can be sure that they’re not going to have small pieces or anything that may frustrate the child and break,” said Evrard.

The same rule applies to larger toys, such as off-road vehicles.

Dylan Thompson, owner of Chase Motorsports in Paducah, said he sees increased sales during Christmas, and it’s important to have the appropriate safety gear when riding ATVs.

“I kind of preach to people: if you can get the kids when they’re really young wearing a helmet, when they become a teenager or an adult, it’s kind of, like, natural — ‘Hey, I don’t ride unless I have my safety gear on,” said Thompson.

Thompson said purchasing starter gear including a chest plate, helmet, gloves and goggles would cost around $200.

Jon Riley visited Chase Motorsports on Friday to purchase gloves for his two children.

“They’re the most important thing. I mean, you can replace gear or you can replace four wheelers, but you can’t replace them,” said Riley.

Thompson knows accidents can happen quickly, so it’s better to always be prepared when riding.

“You’re not going very fast, but again, some of the worst wrecks and some of the worst results are at the slowest speeds,” said Thompson.

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