Top Five Toy Safety Tips
North American Precis Syndicate
Kids can enjoy their toys more—and more safely—when adults are there to supervise. (NAPS)
By Joan Lawrence
(NAPSI)—Whether your children are enjoying their favorite toys or
picking out new ones, these tips can help to make sure they stay safe while
1. Follow the age guidance and
safety information on toy packaging. The age grading isn’t about
how smart a child is—it’s based on the developmental abilities of
children at a given age and the specific features of the toy.
2. Avoid toys with small parts for
kids under 3. Toys that have small parts are fine for older kids but can
pose a choking hazard for children under 3. Toys with small parts are labeled
3+ and include a warning label, so keep a careful eye out as you shop.
3. Shop at a retailer you know and
trust. Store staff at established businesses are
knowledgeable about the latest safety information. Exercise caution when
buying toys at flea markets, garage sales, secondhand stores and the like as
these vendors may not be monitoring for recalled products.
4. Supervise play. Always
supervise your children during playtime. Read through instructions and
demonstrate the correct way to use a new toy. It’s the best way to make
sure your child understands how to safely enjoy it.
5. Store toys safely. Lidded
toy storage should be nonlocking and have special
safety features such as airholes, spring-loaded
hinges, and clearances at the hinges to make sure little fingers won’t
get caught. Organize and store toys to prevent slips, trips and falls.
For more advice on toy and play safety, visit www.PlaySafe.org.
• Ms. Lawrence, aka the “Toy
Safety Mom,” is a lifelong child safety advocate with more than 20
years of experience in the toy industry and senior vice president of
standards and regulatory affairs at The Toy Association.
“When buying toys for kids, shop
at a retailer you know and trust, suggests Joan Lawrence, the “Toy
Safety Mom,” a lifelong child safety advocate and senior vice president
of standards and regulatory affairs at The Toy Association. http://bit.ly/2kQz86y”
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