Atlanta, Georgia – The holiday season is upon us and the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is reminding Georgians of safety measures to keep in mind while making holiday gift choices for children. Please consider the following toy safety tips while shopping this holiday season:
1. Keep in mind the child’s age, interests and abilities
2. Read toy or packaging labels for age ranges and safety warnings – and only choose toys that are appropriate for the age of the child
3. Be especially careful when choosing toys for children under three. Select toys that are free of small pieces (or pieces that separate or can be broken off), are lightweight, have no sharp edges or points and are non-toxic
4. Read instructions for assembly and use. Keep product literature in case of future questions and complete warranty card. The primary purpose of a warranty card is for the manufacturer to have the ability to notify the consumer in the event of a recall
5. Remove and discard all packaging from a toy before giving it to a child
6. Consider the ages of all children that may come in contact with a toy. A toy intended for an older child may be dangerous in the hands of a younger one
7. Supervise children when they play and set good examples of safe play
8. Remind caregivers, including grandparents, of play-related safety concerns
9.Choose a safe storage place for toys
10.Check toys at least every three months to determine their safety. Make any repairs immediately or throw away damaged toys
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the top five toy hazards are scooters and other riding toys; small balls and other toys with small parts; balloons; magnets; and chargers and adapters.
By following these toy safety tips, you can ensure your loved ones have a happy and safe holiday.
For more toy safety tips, please visit www.cpsc.gov.