The Dangers Of Projectile Toys

The Dangers Of Projectile Toys


We donโ€™t often talk about life on the road as a paramedic, as we are not about fear-mongering parents. However this story was too close to home and too important not to share.

On Christmas Day a 10 year old boy was given a toy bow and arrow. The arrows contained a blunt tip. He was playing with it in his bedroom when he accidentally sprung the arrow directly into his left eye at close range. His parents called an ambulance immediately. These are these are the injuries this accident resulted in:

๐Ÿ‘๏ธ Left frontal lobe parenchymal haemorrhage (head injury)
๐Ÿ‘๏ธ Left parafalcine subdural haemorrhage (head injury)
๐Ÿ‘๏ธ Left postseptal haematoma (eye injury)
๐Ÿ‘๏ธ Left severe orbital fracture (eye injury)
๐Ÿ‘๏ธ Bony fragment from the orbital fracture (eye injury)

Projectile toys may seem like harmless fun, but they can cause serious injury to children and others. Keep your kids safe by avoiding toys that shoot propel objects or not suitable for the childโ€™s age.

Toy safety check:

Here is our Rescueblue toy safety check to keep in mind when buying new toys for your little ones:

  1. Check packaging to see what the recommended age is use
  2. Avoid toys that shoot off projectiles
  3. Check for any small parts that could break off and become a choking hazard and that there are no sharp edges
  4. Non-toxic and non-flamable
  5. Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant
  6. Paint on any toys should be lead-free.
  7. Art materials should say nontoxic and avoid older toys as they may not be up to current safety standards