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Toy Safety


At a time when children are compiling their Christmas wish lists, parents should pay careful attention to toy safety lists, and start checking them twice. Toy manufacturers are required by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to display age range on children’s toys for age appropriateness and as a safety precaution. So, next time go to grab that toy off the shelf, be sure to check the age recommendation.

Choosing Safe Toys:

Avoid toys with: Small parts or pointy edges, toxic materials, projectiles and loud noises

Use caution with toys that are not U.S. manufactured. The CPSC determines if the paints and finishes on toys are nontoxic and lead-free. Older toys, or toys purchased in other countries may not have been inspected, should not be given to young children. The CPSC publishes recalled toys, baby items and furniture on their website. Stay up to date on recalled items.

Read the label. Warning labels give important information about how to properly use a toy and age appropriateness. Demonstrate how to use the toy with your child.

Look for stuffed toys that are well made. Make sure all the parts, seams and edges are tightly secured and remove any loose ribbons or strings to prevent strangulation. Avoid toys that have small bean-like pellets or stuffing that can cause choking or suffocation if swallowed. Choose toys that are machine washable .

Buy plastic toys that are sturdy. Toys made from thin plastic may break easily.

Use caution when buying hobby kits and chemistry sets for any child younger than 12 years.They can cause fires or explosions and may contain dangerous chemicals. Make sure your older child knows how to safely handle these kinds of toys. Electric toys should be “UL Approved.” Check the label to be sure.

Be careful when buying crib toys. Strings or wires that hang in a crib should be kept short to avoid strangulation. Crib toys should be removed as soon as your child can push up on his hands and knees.

Adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics