Who most who less, with children at home, must figure out how to sort or at least save the toys. But attention, because one of the systems most widely used for this purpose can lead to problems. The chests for toys can be dangerous for children, causing several accidents.
There are many accidents that occur, nor are mild in good part, leading many children to the emergency room, especially those who have between one and four years. The danger is in all kinds of specially made containers for storing toys, as well as boxes, Wicker or wood trunks and other similar.
According to data obtained from the European injury data Base (European Injury Database IDB) in the 28 Member States of the European Union are produced approximately about 500 crates of toys-related injuries of children aged between zero and 14 years of age.
If we moved to the other side of the Atlantic, the Commission of security of products of the consumer from United States reported several infant deaths (45) due to the CAP from one of these containers of toys fell them on his head and three children who suffered irreversible brain damage.
The risk of the crates of toys can be in the strangulation or suffocation for the children if their heads are trapped inside. Serious accidents can also occur if the child gets into the trunk to play or hide, or is trapped inside (these containers lack of ventilation).
Injuries of neck or head dropping cover them up, when they are inclined on the open trunk, are also frequent. Fingers and hands also tend to be among the parts of the body injured due to these trunks when they try to open it, close it, or are resting on the open trunk.
Then, do we have to give up the chests for toys if we want to prevent these accidents? There are some safer than others chests? How to use them safely? We see it then.
Tips to buy and use chests for toys
The European Union’s Security Guide recommends the following prior to purchase and for the proper use of the toy chests:
- Check that the toybox meets the requirements of the standard EN 71-1:2011: safety of toys. Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties.
- The use of crates with hinges that freely drop the lid is not recommended. The best is that the lid is light and is close. It is important to check that the child can open and close it safely.
- It is recommended to buy a trunk containing a CAP so that the lid is not lower or one with completely loose Cap. Some chests have a space under the lid to prevent the suffocation inside.
- A spring mechanism cover (can be installed later) can avoid dropping the lid slammed hitting the child’s neck or leaving you trapped if you play inside of the trunk.
- Another feature that we can find is the trunk has ventilation holes and that these are not blocked to lend it to the wall.
- If we have trunk with lid, it is recommended to remove it if the hinges don’t stop and where top drop freely, in order to avoid possible injury. Another alternative would be to install a bracket to hold the lid open in any position.
In addition, remember that we must check that the locking mechanism works well, every certain amount of time, not to let that child will get in the trunk, explaining the risks and to the extent possible not to leave it alone (and this by other many dangers that exist in the home).
As we have seen, the chests for toys can be dangerous for children, so we must also be vigilant in this regard. Are you happy with the chests that you have at home or you had a scare with them?