01 Dec National Safe Toys and Gifts Month with Child & Family Services
When selecting a toy, consider choking, drowning and suffocation hazards. These are significant causes of toy-related injury. Riding toys are the top culprit of injury or death in children under the age of 14.2
Make sure age and skill level of the child matches the recommended age and skill level displayed on toy packaging
Check for the ASTM label (American Society for Testing and Materials ) that sets safety standards for products like toys (i.e. non-toxic materials)
Inspect the toy for sharp edges and small parts that a small child (under 3 years) could injure herself or swallow accidentally
Avoid purchasing toys with high powered magnets or small magnets. When swallowed, the magnets can attract each other through the lining of the intestine, cutting off blood flow or puncturing the intestine (requiring surgery).
Check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website for toy safety issues and recalls.
When you’ve selected or received a toy, there are a few measures you can take to prevent accidents:
- Separate older and younger siblings’ toys, as to avoid very young children from swallowing or choking on small toy parts
- Supervise battery charging. Some batteries don’t have an automatic shut-off mechanism once fully charged and thermal burns can occur if touched
- Insist helmets are worn (and worn correctly – snug and covering forehead and head) with all riding toys. Riding toys include skates, skateboards, hoverboards, bikes, and scooters.
- Dispose of all toy packaging, gift wrapping, and deflated balloons immediately. Broken balloons, plastic film, strings, and straps pose a significant choking hazard.
Keep Your Kids Safe During the Season of Gift Giving!
- Alliance for Children and Families. December 4, 2018. National safe toys and gifts month
- Child and Family Services. 2013. December is national safe toys and gifts month.