11/05/2019 Lincoln, R.I.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were approximately 184,000 toy-related injuries treated in the U.S. in 2017. Among the toys responsible for these injuries were scooters, toy balls, toy vehicles and building sets. Even those that seem to be the most harmless of toys can be dangerous.
Avoid an emergency this holiday season, and follow the tips below to find safe gifts for children.
Buy age-appropriate toys
Ensure toys are suitable for the age of the child you’re shopping for. Most labels and packaging are printed with the age ranges of the intended audience, and more detailed guidelines can be found on the CPSC website.
Check the label
Before you fill your shopping cart, read every label, ensuring you only purchase flame-retardant, washable and non-toxic toys and craft supplies for children. Also make sure lead-free paint was used on any painted toys.
Avoid strings and similar things
When shopping for a baby or toddler, avoid toys with long strings or cords, as well as teething jewelry, necklaces and bracelets. In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an official safety announcement, advising against the purchase of these items, as they can lead to strangulation, choking and even death.
Don’t forget the accessories
While gifting that really awesome bike may make you the coolest adult around, don’t forget to accompany it with the proper safety gear, like a helmet. Remember this when buying any sporting equipment, and don’t forget to refer to the age determination guidelines published by the CPSC.
Stay clear of older toys
Hand-me-downs and toys found at thrift shops can save you money and even spark some nostalgia, but they may not meet the current safety standards of the toy industry. Keep this in mind the next time you stumble upon a toy that made you happy as a child.