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Toy Safety Tips for Consumers

November 21, 2006

Some toy safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission as the holiday season approaches:

_For children under age 8, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.

_For children under age 6, avoid sets with small magnets, which could cause serious injury or death if swallowed.

_For children under age 3, avoid toys with small parts, which could cause choking.

_Helmets and safety gear should fit properly and be worn by children using riding toys, such as skateboards or in-line skates.

_Improper use of projectile toys, such as rockets or darts, could result in serious eye injuries. The toys are for older children.

_Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger children.

_Battery chargers and adapters can pose a burn hazard for children. Adults should supervise charging batteries and pay attention to warnings on the chargers.

_Look to toy labels for age guidelines and safety recommendations.

_Choose toys that suit the child’s age, abilities and skills.

_Select toys with a sturdy construction.

_Discard all plastic wrap after gifts are opened.


Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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