Tis’ the season for giving and if you are giving gifts to little ones, please remember these simple tips to prevent choking hazards and other injuries.
1. Do a size test. If the toy can fit into a toilet paper roll, it may be a choking hazard for children 3 and under.
2. Fire resistant. Look for toys with fabric that is labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
3. Locked batteries. Be sure that battery operated toys have cases with secure locks (screwdriver required).
4. Non-toxic. Avoid toys made with toxic materials such as paint and dye which can cause poisoning. Check that the label says “non-toxic”.
5. No stray pieces. Toys with hanging or excess ribbon, string or material to hang poses a strangulation risk and should be used carefully around younger children.
6. Check for recalls. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for information about toy and product recalls.
For more information on toy safety, visit the CPSC website here.