22 popular toys ranked from least to most dangerous

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22 popular toys ranked from least to most dangerous
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With the holiday season upon us, gift-giving is in full swing. Though generally an exciting time, holiday shopping can also cause anxiety — especially when buying for little ones. When browsing the toy aisle, many questions may come to mind: Is the toy age appropriate? Is it high-quality without breaking the bank?

In addition to these concerns, safety is a top priority. Not all toys are created equally; some types of toys are far more dangerous than others.

According to Newsweek, a study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics reported that every three minutes a child is treated in the emergency room for a toy-related injury. The researchers used information from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance Survey (NEISS), which compiled data from approximately 100 hospitals nationwide between 1990 and 2011.

With this in mind, the experts at HealthGrove used data from the same source (NEISS) to rank 22 categories of toys from least to most safe. If you’re looking for safe, kid-friendly gifts this holiday season, you might want to steer clear of the list’s chart-toppers.

22 popular toys ranked from least to most dangerous

22. Stilts

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Average annual injuries: 139

Injuries to males: 67.6%

Injuries to females: 32.4%

Most common body part injured: Ankle

21. Kites

Average annual injuries: 265

Injuries to males: 75.8%

Injuries to females: 24.2%

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Most common body part injured: Ankle

20. Slingshots

Average annual injuries: 275

Injuries to males: 74.5%

Injuries to females: 25.5%

Most common body part injured: Eye

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19. Pogo Sticks

Average annual injuries: 1,358

Injuries to males: 60.5%

Injuries to females: 39.5%

Most common body part injured: Head

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18. Marbles

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Average annual injuries: 1,496

Injuries to males: 59.4%

Injuries to females: 40.5%

Most common body part injured: Internal

17. Toy Vehicles

Average annual injuries: 3,040

Injuries to males: 78.5%

Injuries to females: 21.5%

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Most common body part injured: Finger

16. Blocks / Building Toys

Average annual injuries: 3,127

Injuries to males: 70.6%

Injuries to females: 29.3%

Most common body part injured: Face

15. Dolls

Average annual injuries: 3,316

Injuries to males: 43.3%

Injuries to females: 56.7%

Most common body part injured: Face

14. Wagons

Average annual injuries: 4,268

Injuries to males: 56.5%

Injuries to females: 43.4%

Most common body part injured: Head

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13. Frisbees

Average annual injuries: 5,563

Injuries to males: 75%

Injuries to females: 25%

Most common body part injured: Face

12. Water Slides

Average annual injuries: 5,721

Injuries to males: 48.1%

Injuries to females: 51.9%

Most common body part injured: Head

11. Fireworks / Model Rockets

Average annual injuries: 6,274

Injuries to males: 72.3%

Injuries to females: 27.7%

Most common body part injured: Eye

10. Snowmobiles

Average annual injuries: 7,766

Injuries to males: 77.7%

Injuries to females: 22.3%

Most common body part injured: Lower trunk

9. Go-karts

Average annual injuries: 10,716

Injuries to males: 71.2%

Injuries to females: 28.8%

Most common body part injured: Head

8. Sleds

Average annual injuries: 19,118

Injuries to males: 57%

Injuries to females: 43%

Most common body part injured: Head

7. Toy Guns

Average annual injuries: 20,604

Injuries to males: 79.1%

Injuries to females: 20.9%

Most common body part injured: Face

6. Scooters

Average annual injuries: 32,887

Injuries to males: 60.4%

Injuries to females: 39.6%

Most common body part injured: Face

5. Rollerblades

Average annual injuries: 41,501

Injuries to males: 35.6%

Injuries to females: 64.4%

Most common body part injured: Wrist

4. Fishing Equipment

Average annual injuries: 46,759

Injuries to males: 80.9%

Injuries to females: 19.1%

Most common body part injured: Finger

3. Trampolines

Average annual injuries: 64,554

Injuries to males: 52.2%

Injuries to females: 47.7%

Most common body part injured: Ankle

2. Skateboards

Average annual injuries: 67,647

Injuries to males: 87.4%

Injuries to females: 12.6%

Most common body part injured: Ankle

1. Bicycles and Tricycles

Average annual injuries: 416,052

Injuries to males: 73.8%

Injuries to females: 26.1%

Most common body part injured: Head

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