Heights chamber plans events

The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce has some upcoming events in December:

Coffee Connection is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Armed Services YMCA, 100 E. Beeline, Harker Heights.

Business After Hours Mixer is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Extraco Bank in Harker Heights.

The board of directors meets at 9 a.m. Dec. 19 at the chamber office.

For more information about upcoming chamber events, call (254) 699-4999 or go to www.hhchamber.com.

BBB offers holiday toy safety guidelines

WACO — Back in the day, lawn darts were the height of toy fashion. Now, parents gasp at the idea of giving their children a flying projectile with a sharp metal point. Safety has become paramount to both toy manufacturers and lawmakers.

A report recently released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated there were 193,200 toy-related injuries to children younger than 15 in 2011. Of those estimated injuries, about 44 percent were categorized as lacerations, contusions or abrasions of some kind. When it comes to toy-related injuries, the head and face area is the most commonly affected area of the body.

If your shopping list includes the names of a few good boys or girls, the Better Business Bureau offers the following advice to ensure the toys you give are safe:

Find out which toys have been recalled. Go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at www.recalls.gov for a list.

Make sure the toy is age-appropriate.

Read labels. Look for age recommendations and safety labels, including “flame retardant” or “flame resistant” on fabric products.

Be cautious of older toys or hand-me-downs.

Be careful when shopping online.

Besides knowing how to purchase toys that are safe, it’s important to be aware of safety hazards once the toys have been opened:

Immediately discard plastic wrapping or other toy packaging before they become dangerous play things.

Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.

Supervise all battery charging.

For tips or information, contact BBB serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin at (512) 445-4748 or go to bbb.org.

New ADDYS rules, updates available

New rules, categories and updates about the American Advertising Federation’s ADDY Awards are available at www.aaf.org or www.addycompetition.com.

The presentation is Feb. 23 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Killeen.

— Deb Moore

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