When choosing toys for children, safety and durability are of prime consideration. Parents should choose toys that are designed for your child’s age group and are constructed to hold up to the uses and abuses of children in the age range. Mandatory safety regulations for certain toys have been established by the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) so that hazardous products are not sold. Manufacturers are required to design and manufacturer their products to meet these regulations. In addition, the toy industry has established voluntary safety standards that reputable manufacturers adhere, including putting age and safety labels on their toys and packaging.
Parents also have a responsibility in assuring their child’s safe access and use of their toys. Serious areas of risk include:
…Pay attention to age and safety labels. Toys labeled for children 3 years and older should be kept away from children under the age of 3 and the toy may have small parts that present a choking hazard.
…Keep uninflated balloons and broken balloon pieces away from children.
…Crib or playpen toys with strings, cords, ribbons, etc. which are strung across or at the side should be removed when a babies begin to push up on their hands and knees or are 5 months of age, whichever occurs first.
…To avoid tripping hazards, teach children to pick up their toys and put them away.
…Check toy boxes and shelves for safety. Children like to climb. Items that might tempt kids to climb should be stored at a level where it can be easily reached. Secure top-heavy furniture that might fall over. If using toy boxes, chests or other containers for toy storage, please read the “CPSC Safety Alert on “Dangers with Toy Chest Lids”.