A Boston-based consumer watchdog group is issuing its annual summer safety report flagging things it says pose dangers to children. World Against Toys Causing Harm — better known by its acronym, W.A.T.C.H. — says its latest report will highlight “warm weather recreational products and hazards that parents should avoid.”
W.A.T.C.H.’s 2018 warnings were made public Thursday morning at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in the city’s Brighton neighborhood. Water balloon slingshots, lawn darts, high-powered water guns, and bounce houses were among the items the group said were unsafe.
The group says more than 2.5 million American children are injured each summer. It says many of those accidents are preventable.
List: Top 10 Summer Safety Traps for 2018
1.) Water Balloon Slingshots
2.) Law Darts
3.) Low Riding Wheeled Toys (Big Wheels and other plastic tricycles)
4.) Backyard In-ground and Above-ground Pools
5.) Al-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
6.) Toys with Small Parts
7.) Shallow Water: Baby Pools, Garden Buckets, Pool Covers
8.) Backyard Water Slides
9.) High-Powered Water Guns and Guns with Projectile Ammunition
10.) Bounce Houses and Backyard Trampolines
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