December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Before Shopping Make a Checklist of Shopping Features
Before shopping write down some features on toys that make them dangerous to children. Make sure to keep an eye out for these features during your shopping trip. Avoid toys with sharp edges and small parts that children can choke on.
Strings longer than 12 inches are not dangerous for children under 3 years old. Buy well-made, durable toys that do not break easily. Electrical toys with heating elements and toys that shoot objects are for older children.
- Read all warnings and instructions on box carefully
- Inspect toys for broken or loose parts
- Avoid cap guns or cap rifles
- Avoid toys with too many small parts
Look for ASTM Label
Look for the ASTM label when you purchase toys in stores or from vendors. It means the toy has been tested for safety and meets national standards for young children. The complete label on the toy should read ASTM F963. It means the toy met all of the recent government safety standards.
Supervise Children During Play Time
Explain how the toy is meant to be used to children. In fact, demonstrating how to use the toys when the instructions are complicated is a good idea. Always supervise them when they play with toys that are new. That way you can see for yourself that they are using them properly and playing safely.
Always put toys away after playing for safety purposes. Be sure children wear protective gear when playing sports or eye gear when performing experiments.
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