TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The holiday season is upon us, which makes it prime time for toy buying. In fact, more than 65 percent of the toys and games sold in the United States each year are purchased between the Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas. While the majority of toys are safe, thanks in part to stronger federal rules and higher standards from toy makers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2015 alone more than 250,000 children throughout the country were treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries.
"Toys have changed over the years and the assortment can be astounding, particularly to those who haven't shopped for kids in a while," said Rebecca Layton, a pediatric wellness and safety expert at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. "Child safety, however, never goes out of style. It is something parents and family members should always keep in mind when selecting gifts for youngsters." Layton notes that appropriate selection and proper use of toys, combined with parental supervision, can greatly reduce the incidence and severity of toy-related injuries.