Toys can be hazardous, resulting in hundreds of thousands of injuries each year for children age 14 or younger.
As holiday time approaches, make informed decisions about toy purchases by keeping these tips in mind:
- Small children put everything in their mouths, making toys with small parts choking hazards. If the toy or its components can fit into an empty toilet paper roll, it can be choked on.
- Batteries are made with chemicals that can be deadly. Make sure toys and watches have batteries that are locked in place.
- Keep a special eye on small game pieces that may be a choking hazard for young children. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings.
- Buy dolls or stuffed animals with eyes that are sewn on, rather than plastic. Plastic eyes tend to fall off and are a choking hazard for younger children.
- When purchasing a toy, consider your child’s age. Read the labels and instructions to make sure it is the right toy for your child
- If you buy a riding toy for your child of any age, make sure you also buy a helmet and knee and elbow pads. Children younger than 8 years old should be closely supervised — and they should ride toys only on dry, flat surfaces and away from traffic.
- Some toys may be made with different safety standards depending on where they were made. To be safe, check toys for recalls at www.recalls.gov , and read labels carefully.
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