Holiday toy safety tips

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges gift-givers to keep safety in mind when choosing toys for young children.

These tips will help you choose appropriate toys all year:

  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards to younger children.
  • For infants, toddlers and all children who still place objects in their mouth, avoid toys with small parts which could pose a fatal choking hazard.
  • Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly secured eyes, noses and other potential small parts.
  • For all children under age eight, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
  • Do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under age eight.
  • Be a label reader. Look for labels that give age recommendations and use that information as a guide.
  • Check instructions for clarity. They should be clear to you, and when appropriate, to the child.
  • Immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys, which can cause suffocation, before they become deadly playthings.

By using common sense and these safety suggestions, holiday shoppers can make informed decisions when purchasing toys for children.

Consumer Product Safety Commission press release http://www.cpsc.gov

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