In their report just released the “CPSC issued 28 toy recalls for defects including choking, mechanical hazards and fire hazards that can injure a child” in 2017. In keeping with teir ongoing concern for toy safety, parents were cautioned to always check to be sure there are no previously recalled toys in their home.

For the holiday season they offer the following Tips in their report:

“SAFETY TIPS FOR HOLIDAY GIFT BUYING:

  • Check the label: Choose age appropriate toys by reading the age label on the toy. Children younger than 3 should not have access to toys with small parts, which can cause choking. Also avoid  marbles and small balls for children under 3.
  • Get safety gear. With scooters and other riding toys, supervision is key along with proper safety gear that includes helmets. Helmets should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit. Avoid riding a scooter on a street or roadway with other motor vehicles.
  • Hoverboards: Although not considered a toy, hoverboards should be compliant with UL 2272 safety standard.
  • Be careful with magnets: High powered magnet sets are dangerous and should be kept away from children under 14. Building and play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.”

You can view the full report using the following link which also provides sources for other information:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2018/Dont-Play-with-Toy-Safety-CPSC-Tips-for-Safe-Gifts

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