Toy Safety Tips for Consumers
The Associated Press
Nov. 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