As the hustle and bustle of the peak holiday and gift giving season is upon us, safety isn’t always on everyone’s minds. Yet now is the perfect time to think about safety as December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month and more toys are purchased this month than in any other month of the year.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 217,000 children are treated at hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries each year, with the majority of them coming from riding toys. Additionally, choking can be a cause for concern with younger children. We’ve been taught to check the age range to ensure that it’s age appropriate, purchasing a helmet to accompany that new bike or scooter, yet there’s more to safety than age ranges and the risks that are visible to the eye.
At DefenderShield, our primary concern is the possible health risks from exposure to EMF Radiation emitted from electronic devices for both children and adults alike. While EMF emissions can have a big effect on adults, it can have an even greater effect on children.
Fortunately, we have a complete line of DefenderShield® products that are the perfect companion to the latest and greatest gadgets. From laptops to cell phones to tablets, we’ve got you, and your devices, covered. DefenderShield accessories guard against portable device radiation as well as heat that can harm the body. You can have peace of mind knowing you are safe and protected with any of the solutions we offer. As part of Safe Toys and Gifts Month we’ve also put together some helpful hints for keeping your family safe around technology this holiday season.
Here’s a simple list of tips to reduce your exposure to EMF Radiation and keep your family safe this month and every day of year:
- Limit the amount of time you use your mobile electronic devices and try to keep them off your body. Have your family do the same. The less time we use these devices, and the more distance we create, the less exposure.
- If you are using your device and don’t need the internet, put in in ‘airplane mode.’ Also, turn the Bluetooth option off whenever you can. When you don’t need to be on WiFi you can turn it off as well. Both of these options intensify the amount of radiation given off by your device.
- Use headphones when you are talking on the phone or listening to music. Extending the distance of the side of your head and the device is a critical step in reducing risks. To increase safety even more, use air tube headphones which eliminate EMF radiation from reaching the head.
- At night, keep your devices in a room separate than the one you sleep in. Create a ‘charging area’ for your children in a room where no one sleeps. Each night, all devices head to that area to charge, while being far away from your sleeping children.
- Place your WiFi source and/or router at least ten or more feet away, and never in a room where people sleep. The further you are away from the main source of WiFi in your home, especially during your sleeping hours, the better.
- When purchasing technology for children, keep in mind their age appropriateness. Do you really want a young toddler playing on a tablet or cell phone? Besides the EMF safety issues, using these electronic devices at such a young age can a have detrimental effect on behavior.
When it comes to safety, simple actions and awareness can oftentimes be the best strategy. When you’re heading out to shop for gifts, think about the purchases you are making. Keep the ages of each person in mind, along with where they are in development and need.
While we know that technology and the latest gadgets make great gifts for the entire family, it is good to stay mindful of the safety of each purchase. The more thoughtful we are, the better. It’s a great way to ensure that safe toys and gifts aren’t just for December, but throughout the entire year.