YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — You’ll shoot your eye out!
Safety officials in South Korea are putting out warnings on everything from which holiday decorations are likely to burst into flames, to which toys might leave your kid blinded for life.
Last year in the United States, more than 14,000 eye injuries caused by toys were reported in hospital emergency rooms, according to the advocacy group Prevent Blindness America. Ninety percent of those accidents were preventable, the group estimates.
“Too many people don’t know what safety features to look for when purchasing toys,” Capt. Ken Wells, an optometrist with the 168th Medical Battalion, said in an Army press release.
Safety officials suggest avoiding toys that shoot projectiles or have small parts that could fly off, such as BB guns and slingshots.
Parents also should check toys for sharp edges or points. And look for toys that have the acronym ASTM — meaning it has met the safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Safety officials at Yongsan also are reminding area residents to be careful about their holiday decorations. Look for the label “fire resistant” on any artificial trees. When purchasing a live tree, make sure it’s fresh by ensuring that needles aren’t falling from branches and the trunk is still sticky with resin.
Don’t use more than three strands of lights on a single extension cord, and don’t use electric lights on a metallic tree.