4 Tips for Selecting Safe Toys
If you’re searching for holiday toys for your children, grandchildren, or other young family members, remember to consider the safety of your purchases. Each year, 72,000 children under age 5 are treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. for toy-related injuries. In fact, December has been named Safe Toys and Gifts Month to raise awareness of the risks of unsafe toys.
Remember that many toys that children ask for may not be age appropriate and can present risks. To be sure you shop safely, ask yourself these four questions about each toy on your list.:
1. Is the toy a choking hazard?
Small children love to put everything in their mouths. If a toy or toy part fits inside a toilet paper tube, it can choke a child. Also consider younger siblings. If there are multiple small children in a household, a toy with small parts may not be wise for anyone.
2. Does the gift have strings, straps, or cords longer than 7 inches?
If a string, strap, or cord is longer than 7 inches, it can potentially wrap around a child’s neck. Remember that children may not use a toy as intended, so what looks like an innocent pull cord or shoulder strap can easily become a hazard with a creative child.
3. Is the toy second-hand?
Toys purchased at yard sales, thrift stores or those handed down from sibling to sibling should be examined for safety. Toys are frequently subject to safety recalls, so it would be wise to check safekids.org before gifting a used toy.
4. Does the gift need safety gear to go with it?
If you are buying bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or inline skates, don’t forget to include safety gear, such as helmets and pads.
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