Toy Safety Tips – safekids.org

CHRISTMAS LIST, BUT NOT EVERY TOY ON THE MARKET IS APPROPRIATE OR SAFE FOR EVERY CHILD WE'RE JOINED BY SHERRI HANNAN, DIRECTOR OF SAFE KIDS FAYETTE COUNTY — WELCOME

Why is safety something we should consider when holiday shopping for children this year? What are some ways parents can be certain they are purchasing a safe toy for their child? What about toys for older children? Where can people get more information? wwwsafekidsorg ————————- —- Question 1: = Holiday shoppers are bustling to get the hot new items, but not every toy on the market is appropriate or safe for every child Why is safety something we should consider when holiday shopping for children this year? Response 1: = We don’t always immediately think about safety as well check items off our holiday shopping lists, but safety is something parents and relatives of small children must consider as they are shopping for toys Not all toys are age- appropriate, and some toys have small parts that can be chocking hazards or dangerous for young children

The truth is, everyday hundreds of children will go to the emergency room with a toy-related scare or injury More than half those children are younger than 4 years old, so in the toddler years In addition, some materials in toys have come out and been labeled as toxic, which is especially troubling for parents with children who are teething and putting things in their mouths Question 2: = What are some ways parents can be certain they are purchasing a safe toy for their child? Response 2: = First, read the labels and the warning on the box and abide by those rules Keep an eye out for choking hazards and small parts

Also, look out for product recalls Safe Kids sends out an email alert with product recalls twice monthly, and you can sign up at safekidsorg Question 3: = What about toys for older children? Response 3: = Maybe your older child has asked for a bike or a scooter for Christmas These types of products are great for encouraging physical activity, but don’t forget to also purchase a helmet and safety pads when you make those purchases

It's important to start off with good safety habits as soon as the toy becomes part of the child's life

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