Safe Toys and Celebration Month
"You'll shoot your eye out kid!"
Those familiar with the 1983 Christmas movie, A Christmas Story, set in the 40s, know that all Ralphie Parker wanted for Christmas was not his two front teeth but none other than an "Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!" Throughout the movie, nine-year-old Ralphie is determined to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.
To his frustration, the candid response to his wish was "You'll shoot your eye out!" However, Santa came through and Ralphie's first experience with his Red Ryder BB Gun was indeed...an eye injury! (Well, technically, his eye was saved by his glasses!)
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 250,000 toy-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year. Nearly half of these injuries affect the head or face, including the eyes! Be certain the gifts under the tree are age-appropriate and follow these guildelines recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.