Posted By Conan Hatch on Sunday, October 13th 2013
When playing with remote control toys, it is important to exercise caution at all times. Especially when the toys have blades or moving parts with the potential to burn, cut, bump and even shoot. RC toys are versatile and even preferred to video games in some instances. They get people out and moving and this is a good thing when looking at the sedentary lifestyles that many urbanites normally have.
However as with all good things, some caution is needed so that there is maximum enjoyment with minimum potential for harm.
A recent incident has caused many hobbyists to sit up and rethink their approach to safety issues when playing with remote control gadgets or devices. Young Roman Pirozek of Woodhaven in Queens died recently from wounds sustained from the rotor blade of one of his remote controlled helicopters.
In case you are thinking that Roman was a novice, he was an experienced flyer who even had a You-Tube channel showing himself performing tricks with his helicopters.
For further information, see this 5th September 2013 article at the NY Post titled “Toy helicopter slices off top of man’s head“
So enjoy your remote controlled toys but exercise caution.
Here are some safety tips:
- Check that all parts are securely attached or fastened. This will prevent pieces from flying off and injuring someone or the toy stopping.
- For toys like helicopters and planes, stand a safe distance from its taking off and landing. Avoid letting it fly too close to yourself or other people.
- Avoid flying into overhead power-lines, trees or buildings. For remote control boats, be careful about playing near swimmers or divers.
- For nitro-fuelled cars, boats and other toys, be extremely careful with smoking or lighting a fire near the fuel source. Nitro fuel is nitro-methane which is flammable.
- RC cars, especially those which are large, should not be driven in a crowded environment where the potential for accidents is much higher.
- Be careful about trying out a trick with your toy. Think the process through in detail so that nothing is left to chance. At the same time, some of these toys were not designed for the high level of G-forces that are generated when doing tricks.
- Check the age usage levels. There are age sensitive notices that are generated by most retailers and manufacturers of toys.
- Visit the “We Make It Safer” website and check if your purchase is on that list. Alternatively, you can search your product name for any recalls at the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website. These sites list any product that has been recalled by manufacturers because of any potential for harm.
This list is given to assist anyone considering a purchase of a toy. Enjoy yourself but maintain caution at all times.