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W.Va. Poison Center recommends holiday safety tips

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Poison Control Center is reminding consumers that choking on small toy parts is not the only risk posed by toys and other gifts.

Shoppers should be mindful of poison hazards when choosing gifts this year, the poison center notes in a news release.

Some toys and items, such as crafting kits, crayons and costume jewelry made in other countries, may contain lead.

Don't allow children to play with or have access to items that contain disc batteries or "button" batteries unless they are secured in compartments that require a screwdriver for opening.

Products with tiny magnets, such as desk novelty items or magnetic toy sets, can be harmful if swallowed and are not recommended for children.

Poison center officials also recommend checking the ingredients in children's science kits and chemistry sets, and following specific age recommendations closely.

If you think a child may have been poisoned, call the West Virginia Poison Center immediately at 1-800-222-1222.


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