The safety of children used to be primarily the concern of the parents. Today, toy makers have to be more concerned with the safety of their toys than they were in the past. Toys are made with warning labels to protect the manufacturers from liability if parents allow them to be used inappropriately. Some toys that kids love the best also happen to have a measure of danger involved with their use. Here are ten of them that are very popular.
- 1. Skateboards – The simple fact that skateboards are operated on concrete brings the possibility of injury to a high level with this very popular item. Scraped knees, elbows and hands are the minimal injuries that can be sustained by the novice or even expert skateboarder. Broken bones and concussions are at the further end of the spectrum of possibilities
- Slingshots – Little boys have been slinging rocks with slingshots since Biblical times. The story of David killing the giant Goliath with a sling and stones has been an inspiration to many would-be giant slayers and the cause of a few broken window panes, as well.
- Trampolines – What’s more fun than bouncing into the air on a trampoline? Beds aren’t made for jumping on, Mom always told us, but trampolines are. Unfortunately, their height off the ground and the unpredictability of the direction a bounce might take can mean landings on hard ground, which is a lot harder on human body parts than the mat of the trampoline.
- Lawn Darts – This outdoor game is great competition and easy for almost anyone to participate in. At the same time, large pointed metal objects being tossed through the air is a description that has been used of dangerous weapons for centuries. Although injury isn’t the intent, it most certainly can happen if these ‘game pieces’ make contact with a body of flesh while sailing across the lawn.
- Pogo stick – A bouncing stick, just like the trampoline is a lot of fun. Like the skateboard, you do need a smooth hard surface to operate this toy on, which can make for hard landings if you fall. Most injuries from pogo sticks, however, have been as a result of kids trying to use them on surfaces that aren’t flat, such as going down steps or an incline.
- Sleds – This simple form of winter fun is another item that has been used by kids as long as there has been snow and hills. Sleds come in many varieties: From the small round saucer to the long toboggans to inflatable tubes. The danger that comes with these fun toys is the amount of speed that can build up during a slide down the hill and the inability to steer away from objects or people that come into your path.