Keep Your Child's Holiday Toy Time Safe
According to the U.S. and Canadian Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated hundreds and thousands of toy-related injuries in 2015. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.
This holiday season (and beyond), please consider the following guidelines for choosing safe toys for all ages:
- Inspect all toys before purchasing. The toy should have no sharp edges or points and should be sturdy enough to withstand impact without breaking, being crushed, or being pulled apart easily.
- When purchasing toys for children with special needs try to: Choose toys that may appeal to different senses such as sound, movement, and texture; consider interactive toys to allow the child to play with others.
- Be diligent about inspecting toys your child has received. Check them for age, skill level, and developmental appropriateness before allowing them to be played with.
- Look for labels that assure you the toys have passed a safety inspection.
- Keep kids safe from lead in toys by: Educating yourself about lead exposure from toys, symptoms of lead poisoning, and what kinds of toys have been recalled; being aware that old toys may be more likely to contain lead in the paint; having your children wash their hands frequently and calling your doctor if you suspect your child has been exposed to lead.
- Do NOT give toys with small parts (including magnets and “button” batteries which can cause serious injury or death if ingested) to young children as they tend to put things in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking.
- Do NOT give crayons and markers unless they are labeled “nontoxic”.
Remember...the best way to keep your child safe while playing with toys is to BE THERE!
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