(RNN) - Water balloon slingshots might seem like a good piece of artillery for gaining an edge in a summer water fight, but a consumer watchdog group is warning they're more fearsome than fun.
The group World Against Toys Causing Harm has released a list of 10 "summer safety trap" toys, and topping the list are the kinds of handheld slingshots kids launch water balloons out of. The organization describes them as a "potential dual threat for projectile eye injuries and small part hazards for young children."
Representatives of the group said that while summer freedom is a time for "children to enjoy the outdoors," it can "also be a time for injuries."
"Summer months account for nearly half of all injury-related deaths to children, and hospital emergency departments will treat about 2.5 million children injured in accidents," representatives of the group, Joan E. Siff and James A. Swartz, said in a press release.
The rest of the list includes:
The group acknowledges that "family and friends gathering for outdoor birthday parties, barbecues and backyard play-dates are some of the perks of summer" but cautions that "knowing some of the potential hazards that may accompany these outdoor activities can save lives and prevent injuries."
So put down the water balloon slingshot, and just give it a good old-fashioned throw.
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