Make Sure Your Children’s Toys are Safe
|By: Christine R. Hughes, Ph.D., ELC Research & Evaluation Analyst
Each holiday season brings many new toys for our children! After the gifts have been unwrapped, parents must always be aware of the potential safety hazards of the thousands of toys intended for young children.
Perhaps the most basic ways to ensure a child’s safety when playing with any toy would be by (1) reading the instructions and using the item properly and (2) supervising the child during play. These will often reduce the chance of harm or injury to a child.
Also, there are a few common dangers to watch out for before giving a toy to a young child:
1. sharp edges and sharp points
2. small parts
3. loud noises
4. propelled objects
5. electric toys
Often a toy is thought to be safe and appropriate for kids, but later we realize it poses a danger. Typically in this case, the toy or object will be recalled by the manufacturer. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission monitors and shares information with the public about which toys (and products in general) have been recalled. You can find this valuable information on their website. On the go and need some answers? Access the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s website from your mobile phone.
Reviewing the safety rules and knowing common hazards to young children will ensure that our children are safe during the holidays, and all the days to come!
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov/National
Network for Child Care: http://www.nncc.org/health/toy.safety.html
Public Interest Research Group: http://www.uspirg.org/