As you get ready for the hectic holiday season, we are reminded about important decisions that should take place before purchasing toys for children. Let’s keep children safe by following these toy safety tips:
- Avoid toys with small balls and parts for children under age 3.
- If any piece or removable part can fit inside a toilet-tube roll, it is unsafe for a child under
- Don’t forget to check the ‘eyes’ of stuffed toy animals—if they can be pulled off, avoid that toy for young children
- Check toys for age warnings. If buying an age-appropriate toy for an older child but there is a younger child in the house, make sure the younger child does not have access to the toy.
- Avoid high-powered magnet sets such as Buckyballs and Buckycubes for children under age 14. If swallowed, magnets can cause injury, and in some cases, ingestion requires surgical removal.
- Get the right size helmets and safety gear for children using bikes, scooters, skateboards, and skates.
- Check your children’s toys often for breaks and damages. Immediately discard any broken toys and/or parts. Broken toys can have sharp edges and cause injury.
- Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than age 8. Immediately discard broken balloons.
- Store toys on a shelf or bin to avoid injuries from tripping and falling.
Most importantly, it is always a good idea to visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Toys/ for more information on toy safety.
Let’s make this a safe holiday season for you and your family.
Safety tips adapted from the CPSC.
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