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December is Safe Toy and Gift Month

December is Safe Toy and Gift Month

KEEP YOUR CHILD’S HOLIDAY TOY TIME SAFE

Sharp or pointed edges, small removable parts and even pull strings longer than 7 inches can pose a health threat to small children. Do you know what toys are safe for your children?
We’re proud to celebrate Safe Toys and Gifts Month along with The National Safe Kids Campaign and the National Safety Council. Take a look at some tips for selecting safe toys for children:
• Consider the child’s age, interests and skill level. Look for quality design and construction, and follow age and safety recommendations on labels.
• Use a small parts tester to determine whether small toys may present a choking hazard to children under age 3. Small parts testers can be purchased at toy or baby specialty stores or you can use the cardboard core of a toilet paper roll – if a toy can pass through, it is too small for young children and may cause them to choke if swallowed.
• Avoid toys with sharp points or edges, toys that produce loud noises, and projectiles (such as darts).
• Avoid toys with strings, straps or cords longer than 7 inches that may pose a risk for strangulation for young children.
• Avoid electrical toys with heating elements for children under age 8.
• Avoid cap guns that use caps that can be ignited by the slightest friction and can cause serious burns.
Consider The Facts!
• Falls and choking cause most toy-related deaths and injuries in children. Choking alone causes one third of all toy-related deaths – most often from balloons.
• Children 4 years old and younger account for almost half of all toy-related injuries and almost all deaths.
• Children younger than age 3 are at the greatest risk of choking because they tend to put objects – especially toys – in their mouths.
Toys can sometimes be recalled for safety reasons. Check the National Safe Kids Campaign website www.safekids.org for updates and information on recent toy recalls.
For additional information about safe toys, visit www.kidshealth.org > Choosing Safe Toys.
Remember…the best way to keep your child safe while playing with toys is to BE THERE!