22 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 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. Stilts

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 139
Percent of Injuries to Males: 67.6%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 32.4%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Ankle

#21. Kites

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 265
Percent of Injuries to Males: 75.8%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 24.2%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Ankle

#20. Slingshots

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 275
Percent of Injuries to Males: 74.5%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 25.5%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Eye

#19. Pogo Sticks

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 1,358
Percent of Injuries to Males: 60.5%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 39.5%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Head

#18. Marbles

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 1,496
Percent of Injuries to Males: 59.4%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 40.5%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Internal

#17. Toy Vehicles

 

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Note: Our data source changed its product categorization scheme in January 2010, resulting in the spike seen in the visualization.

Average Annual Injuries: 3,040
Percent of Injuries to Males: 78.5%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 21.5%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Finger

#16. Blocks and Other Building Toys

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 3,127
Percent of Injuries to Males: 70.6%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 29.3%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Face

#15. Dolls

 

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Note: Our data source changed its product categorization scheme in January 2010, resulting in data for this product beginning in 2010.

Average Annual Injuries: 3,316
Percent of Injuries to Males: 43.3%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 56.7%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Face

#14. Wagons

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 4,268
Percent of Injuries to Males: 56.5%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 43.4%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Head

#13. Frisbees

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 5,563
Percent of Injuries to Males: 75.0%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 25.0%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Face

#12. Waterslides

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 5,721
Percent of Injuries to Males: 48.1%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 51.9%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Head

#11. Fireworks and Model Rockets

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 6,274
Percent of Injuries to Males: 72.3%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 27.7%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Eye

#10. Snow Mobiles

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 7,766
Percent of Injuries to Males: 77.7%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 22.3%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Lower Trunk

#9. Go Carts

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 10,716
Percent of Injuries to Males: 71.2%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 28.8%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Head

#8. Sleds

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 19,118
Percent of Injuries to Males: 57.0%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 43.0%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Head

#7. Toy Guns

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 20,604
Percent of Injuries to Males: 79.1%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 20.9%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Face

#6. Scooters

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 32,887
Percent of Injuries to Males: 60.4%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 39.6%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Face

#5. Rollerblades

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 41,501
Percent of Injuries to Males: 35.6%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 64.4%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Wrist

#4. Fishing Equipment

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 46,759
Percent of Injuries to Males: 80.9%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 19.1%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Finger

#3. Trampolines

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 64,554
Percent of Injuries to Males: 52.2%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 47.7%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Ankle

#2. Skateboards

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 67,647
Percent of Injuries to Males: 87.4%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 12.6%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Ankle

#1. Bicycles and Tricycles

 

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Average Annual Injuries: 416,052
Percent of Injuries to Males: 73.8%
Percent of Injuries to Females: 26.1%
Most Common Body Part Injured: Head

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