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December is Safe Toys & Gift Month

December is Safe Toys & Gift Month

Here are some very basic tips to consider before and after purchasing a new toy, to be sure you are making safe choices for the children in your life:

  • Read all warnings and instructions.
  • Consider a child's ability, rather than age, when purchasing toys; age warnings on toys are not guarantees of safety.
  • Buttons, batteries, and magnets can be very dangerous if swallowed.
  • Small parts are a choking hazard for children under three.
  • Toys that need to be plugged in pose the risk of electrical shock or burn; choose battery-operated toys instead.
  • Store toys properly after play to avoid trips and falls or access by younger children.
  • Keep older children's toys away from younger children.

For more resources visit these Websites:

Holiday Safety Tips from American Academy of Pediatrics

Toy Safety Shopping Tips from Consumer Product Safety Commission

Comprehensive Safe Toy Checklist from Prevent Blindness America

Recalled Toys from Consumer Product Safety Commission

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