Toy boxes are often used to keep play areas tidy. But serious injury can occur if children trap themselves inside the box or if the lid of a toy box falls on them.
Children, their parents and their carers use toy boxes to help keep children’s bedrooms and play areas tidy. But toy boxes can be dangerous. Injuries and deaths of young children have been recorded in Australia and overseas from toy box lids falling on children’s heads or necks. There have also been cases where children were trapped inside toy boxes. Children can suffocate if trapped inside a toy box.
Children up to the age of two are most at risk. Children may have the strength to lift the lid, but when they look into the box the lid can fall on their head or neck. Their hands and fingers can also suffer injuries if the lid falls on them.