Toys and games are tons of fun for kids and adults. Whether your kids are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks or even inventing their own games, here are a few things to think about to help them stay safer and have a blast.
Approximately, 516 kids are seen in emergency departments for toy related injuries every day. More than a third of those injured were children 5 and under.
How To Buy Safe Toys
Always pay close attention to the age recommendations
on toys and choose one according to a child’s age, interest
and skill level. Also, be aware of other safety labels such as
“Flame retardant/flame resistant” or “Washable/Hygienic
materials” on dolls and other stuffed toys, and learn how to
clean baby toys of all types.
For children one and under, choose toys that are colorful,
lightweight, have various textures and are made of
non-toxic materials. Children this age learn through sight,
touch, sound and taste and often put things into their mouths
to explore them.
Remove tags, strings, and ribbons from toys before giving
them to young children. Watch for pull toys with strings that
are more than 12 inches long, because they could be a
strangulation hazard for babies.
If you are buying a gift for a young child, look for toys without small pieces. Young children can choke on small parts contained in toys or games.
If you are considering a digital device for a child or teen, such as a tablet, smartphone or game system, think about the purpose of the device and the rules you want to set around its use
Avoid toys that have button batteries or magnets, which can be harmful if swallowed.
Supervision is essential; provide safe hazard-free play environments both indoors and during outdoor play. Toys get used and abused by children; regularly conduct a toy maintenance check for safety and durability.
Teach children early to put toys away when they are finished playing with them. This will prevent accidental falls over them.