Safe Toys and Gifts
Christmas is two weeks away and you’re probably either finishing up or even just starting to shop for the loved ones in your life. If you have little ones at home that you are shopping for, there are many safety regulations you should keep in mind before hitting the toy stores this holiday season. December is safe toys and gifts month, we want to share with you some safety tips to ensure you have a joyful and safe holiday!
• Inspect all toys before purchasing or giving to your child. For little children, avoid toys that include parts that shoot or fly off. The toy should have no sharp edges.
• Check the age, skill level and developmental appropriateness before allowing your child to play with the toy.
• Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than eight years old. Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloon pieces.
• If you are getting your child a “riding toy” such as a scooter, skateboard, skates etc. make sure the proper safety gear goes with them such as helmets and knee pads.
• Look for labels that show you the toys have passed a safety inspection – “ATSM” means the toy has met the American Society for Testing and Materials standards.
• For children under the age of four, do not give toys with small parts including magnets and button batteries which can cause serious injury or death if ingested. Young children tend to put things in their mouths, which increases the risk of choking.
• Make sure crayons and markers are labeled “nontoxic” before giving them to a child.
• Once gifts are open, immediately throw away plastic wrapping and other toy packaging.
The CPSC provides free safety alerts, guides, posters, and other materials which you can use to help spread consumer product safety information in your community, click on the links below to insure that your little ones stay safe this Christmas!
Choking Hazard: Plastic Film on Toys
Stings and Straps on Toys Can Strangle Young Children
Electric Toy Safety
Ingested Magnets Can Cause Serious Intestinal Injuries
Have a Merry (and safe) Christmas!