Toy Safety Tips
Educational toys are an important part of a toddler’s life. They teach a
little boy or girl about colors, sounds, letters, motion, and friction. They
can also inspire a child’s creativity. Yet, it’s also important that toys be
safe so that children do not get hurt while playing.
Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 191,000 children were
treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries in the year 2000
alone. The figure includes some 70,000 toy-related injuries to pre-schoolers.
As a result, fire and safety experts have put together some tips for keeping
children safe at play.
As a parent,
you need to check for markings indicating that toys—especially any sort of ride
on toys, like the popular
Dora The Explorer ride on toy — have been safety-tested by an independent,
third party product safety organization, such as UL. A UL mark on a toy means
that the product has been thoroughly tested by UL engineering staff and found to
meet all relevant safety requirements.
the Age Designation
the toy you are considering purchasing has a marking such as “age 3 and up” or
“age 2 and up.” If your child is only a year-and-a-half, it’s best to stay away
from such toys for safety’s sake. The toy could contain small parts that might
pose a choking hazard for your child.
The toy you’re
considering may contain a manufacturer’s warning. You need to take the warning
seriously. It has been placed there for your benefit—and to protect your child
from harm. Also, be sure to read any instruction booklet that comes with the
to Clean Up
immediately throw out any plastic packaging and gift-wrapping after a toy has
been opened. This is because such materials can represent a suffocation
hazard. Also, be sure to inspect the toy for possible cracks, breaks, or ripped
seams which could pose a danger to your child. Keep in mind that sharp edges
can lead to painful cuts for children. If a toy must be assembled, be sure to
follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly.
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