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Toy Safety - Prevention

Safe toys tips:

To make sure a toy is appropriate for your young child, check the label. In general, most toys on the market today are safe. But, injuries still occur in spite of tough government regulations and toy makers' efforts to test products. The first step in preventing toy-related injuries is to know what to look for.

Toy makers follow the guidelines established by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in determining the age grading of a toy. The CPSC now requires labeling on toys that are designed for children between the ages of 3 and 6, which can pose a choking hazard for children under age 3. The labels must specifically state that the toy is unsafe for children under age 3 and the reason for the warning.

The age recommendation on a toy reflects the safety of a toy based on four categories. These include:

Families with children of various ages should remember that toys for older children could pose a hazard to younger children. To prevent toy-related injuries or death, take the following safety steps:


Falling or drowning:

Suffocation and strangulation:

Other injuries:

In addition, to protect your child from injury, be sure to always supervise him/her when playing with toys.

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