The Christmas season is now upon us marked with decorated trees, caroling, parties, colorful lights, nostalgic movies, snowy weather, and of course, holiday shopping. It is that time of year when people rush to the stores to buy the latest toys and other gifts to give to their loved ones for Christmas. All the hustle and bustle leads to the anticipation of Christmas morning as we watch our loved ones open the gifts we bought for them.
In all the excitement of buying gifts, it is easy to forget about toy safety. Most injuries from toys are minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. However, toys can cause serious injury or even death. This happens when toys are used in the wrong way. So before making your toy purchases this year, keep safety in mind, so Christmas can be an enjoyable time instead of a scary memory.
SAFETY SHOPPING TIPS:
Inspect toys before you buy them. Avoid sharp edges, small parts, or loose parts - THINK LARGE so babies and small children don’t choke on small parts. Do not give toys with ropes, cords, or parts that can heat up. Crayons and markers should be labeled non-toxic.
Choose age-appropriate toys. Make sure you choose the right toy for the right age and skill level of the child you are buying for.
Check for the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) label on every toy that proves it meets safety standards. Electronic toys should be “UL” approved. Read warning labels. Teach your child how to use the toy in the right way.
Buy toys that are well-made. Plastic toys should be strong so they won’t break easily. Stuffed toys should have seams and edges that are secure and intact.
Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for recalled toys.
Safe toys can be a fun way to interact with your family and friends. Card games, puzzles, board and table games are generally safe choices. So this Christmas season, put away the electronic devices and enjoy playing with safe toys that stimulate creativity, encourages face to face interaction, and creates lasting memories with your family and friends. Make this a safe holiday season by following the tips mentioned above and celebrate this holiday season by spending time with those you love. Merry Christmas and be safe!
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