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Toy Safety


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Play is a normal means for children to learn and develop as they grow and begins as early as birth. Play provides opportunities for the child to explore their environment and express creativity. Toys play an important role in a child's play and in most situations serve as the tools for learning. This is why is so important to keep toy safety in the forefront of your mind. Listed below are some toy safety tips provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The following safety tips will help consumers choose appropriate toys:

  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards to younger children.
  • For infants, toddlers and all children who still mouth objects, avoid toys with small parts, which could pose a fatal choking hazard.
  • " Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly-secured eyes, noses and other potential small parts.
  • For all children under 8, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
  • Do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under 8.
  • Be a label reader. Look for toy labels that give age and safety recommendations and use that information as a guide.
  • Check toy instructions for clarity - for both you and, when appropriate, the child.
  • Immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys, which can cause suffocation, before they become deadly playthings.

For further information regarding toy safety or for a list of toy recalls, visit CPSC's web site: www.cpsc.gov.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html.

To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.asp. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years