During the holiday season, we all want to get the perfect gift for the special people in our life. For the little ones, we must consider safety with the toys and gifts we give so that we may reduce or eliminate the chance of injury. Parents and gift-givers can help prevent toy-related injuries and deaths by always reading labels and being safety conscious. These helpful tips courtesy of the Family Education website can help ensure that we choose the appropriate gift during the holiday season and all year round.
- 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.
- For all children under age eight, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
- Do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under age eight.
- Be a label reader. Look for labels that give age recommendations and use that information as a guide.
- Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly-secured eyes, noses, and other potential small parts.
- Check instructions for clarity. They should be clear to you, and when appropriate, to the child.
- Discard plastic wrappings on toys immediately, which can cause suffocation, before they become deadly playthings.
Make your informed decision by using common sense and these safety suggestions when purchasing toys for children.