Kids can have a lot of fun playing with their toys. However, it’s important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Each year thousands of children are injured by toys.
Read on to learn what to look for when buying toys and how a few simple ideas for safe use can often prevent injuries. It’s also important to look out for button batteries or lithium coin batteries, high-powered magnets or other small objects that children might be tempted to put in their mouths, noses or ears.
Most injuries from toys are minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. However, toys can cause serious injury or even death. This happens when toys are dangerous or used in the wrong way.
Here are tips to help you choose safe and appropriate toys for your child.
Be careful about buying toys with small batteries (button or lithium coin) or high-powered magnets. If they get loose, younger children might be tempted to put in their mouths, noses or ears, which can cause serious injuries.
Age recommendations on toys are important, because they help you gauge:
• how safe the toy is (if there are any possible choking hazards, for example)
• whether your child will be able to understand how to play with the toy
• whether the toy will match their needs and interests at their stage of development
One of the goals of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is to protect consumers and families from dangerous toys. It sets up rules and guidelines to ensure products are safe and issues recalls of products if a problem is found. Toys are recalled for various reasons including unsafe lead levels, choking or fire hazards, or other problems that make them dangerous. Toys that are recalled should be removed right away. If you think your child has been exposed to a toy containing lead, ask your child’s doctor about testing for elevated blood lead levels.