Don't Toy Around With Safety This Holiday Season

More than three billion toys and games are sold in the U.S. each year and more than half of those are sold during the holiday season.

As you pick presents to go under your tree, Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers has some tips to keep in mind if you're shopping for kids.

Parents, before you go marking off that wish list, make sure the items on it are appropriate for your child.

Last year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there were 150,000 toy related injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment.

"Children will swallow plastic toys and they'll have to call a specialist sometimes and have those things removed," Dr. Kenneth Sultemeier said.

He said choking hazards are the biggest danger with toys.

Another common problem with those small pieces is putting them places they don't belong.

"A lot of things get put in kids ears and noses and we have to take those things out ourselves," Dr. Sultemeier said.

Falls are the most frequent type of accident, which is why it's important to avoid toys that have sharp edges.

If you plan to purchase presents that aren't brand new, be aware, as older toys risk having lead in the paint.

"If it's paint that's chipping and it's a toy you buy at a resale or garage sale, if you could avoid it, I think that would be a good idea to leave the toy there and look for another,"  Dr. Sultemeier said.

Texomans we caught up with shopping for Christmas toys say safety is a top priority.

"I think it's definitely an issue. We don't want anybody hurt or in the hospital from that," Kim High said.

But, sometimes it takes more than just looking at the age recommendation for the child you're buying for.

"If you have a big brother who has a toy, it's the little brother or sister as risk, because everything's fine with the big brother then little brother picks it up and chokes," Dr. Sultemeier said.

Dr. Sultemeier urges parents to keep up to date on the latest recalls.

You can get to the Consumer Product Safety Commission where you can find a list of them all by clicking here.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6