Weekly Clinical Service Dose: December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month
The holiday season is upon us with friends and family celebrating together, so let’s keep it safe and welcome in the holidays and New Year with good health.
In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a robust toy safety system, by requiring testing by independent, third party testing laboratories around the world; enforcing stringent lead and phthalates limits for toys; imposing some of the most stringent toy standards in the world; and stopping violative and dangerous toys at the ports and in the marketplace before they reach children’s hands.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season:
Choosing toys and age-appropriate gifts for children
- No toys with sharp objects or edges.
- Avoid darts, pellet guns and other firearms as gifts, especially to children.
- Remember to avoid toys that can be choking hazards especially for children under the age of three. Remember the rule: If it can fit through an empty toilet paper roll, then avoid it for young children.
- Avoid hard candy for young children.
- Remember to avoid toys with strings longer than 12 inches for children less than three years old as it can be a strangulation hazard.
- Avoid slingshots or other projectile type of types.
- Avoid toys with magnets for young children.
- Give children under 10 only toys with batteries and compartments that can only be opened by an adult (such as a screw sealed battery chamber) and don’t let them play with batteries. Plug-in toys should be only for older children.
- Read all warning labels carefully on toys and decorations.
- Check labels for age recommendations and be sure to select gifts that are appropriate for a child’s age and maturity.
Have a safe and fun December and welcome in the New Year with health and good fortune! Happy Holidays!
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