10 Toy Safety Tips to Remember this Season
Did you know that December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month? The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has developed stringent 3rd party testing on all toys using independent labs from around the world. While these inspections protect dangerous toys from getting into the marketplace, it is important to be vigilant when purchasing and giving gifts this holiday season. Here are 10 tips to help keep your kids safe this holiday season:
Inspect all toys carefully. It’s easy to get drawn into the excitement of holiday gift giving and overlook safety concerns. Look for safety labels like ASTM indicating it has met safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Be sure the toys are age appropriate. Use packaging age ranges as a guideline and note any small parts that could be accidentally ingested by a toddler.
Show your child how to use their new toy. Be sure they understand how the toy works and how to operate it properly. Watch for toys that shoot or have flying pieces as they can cause serious eye injuries.
If purchasing riding toys, don’t forget the safety equipment. Scooters, skateboards and bicycles can move fast, and falls can be deadly. Ensure all safety equipment, like helmets, knee and elbow pads are worn properly at all times
Do not purchase any toys that may contain lead. Lead is especially dangerous for children and they should never be exposed to any amount.
Do not give toys with ropes, cords. Strangling may occur if a string, cord or rope gets wrapped around a child’s neck.
Buy crayons and markers that are marked nontoxic.Young children tend to put things in their mouths and that includes crayons! Be sure to supervise your child while they color or make crafts.
High powered magnets can be dangerous. If you have any toys with magnets, always keep them away from small children.
Balloons are fun but can be dangerous. Keep deflated balloons away from children under the age of 8; discard broken balloons immediately. This could cause a choking hazard.
Discard all wrapping materials. Once the fun of unwrapping is over, pick up any items that may seem attractive to a child. Gift bags can suffocate, and ribbons can be a choking hazard.