For Immediate Release: December 16, 2011

Safe Kids NC Reminds Parents Not to Toy with Safety

Parents, caregivers can follow simple toy safety tips this holiday season

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin is urging parents and caregivers to keep children safe this holiday season by following some simple tips recommended by Safe Kids North Carolina.

"The holiday season is upon us and everyone wants children to have a safe play environment with safe toys," said Goodwin, chair of Safe Kids North Carolina. "It's important to choose age-appropriate toys and to always supervise children at play."

Nationwide, an estimated 181,900 toy-related injuries occur each year in children under five years old. You can prevent toy-related injuries by following these safety tips:

The latest product safety recalls are listed on the Safe Kids USA website. Parents, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, nurses and others can also sign the Safe Kids Pledge to make injury prevention a priority and receive updates from Safe Kids.

Safe Kids North Carolina reaches out to parents, caregivers and children to prevent childhood injuries through thirty-six Safe Kids Coalitions serving more than 64 counties. For more information, visit the Safe Kids Web site.