You’re excited to watch your kids unwrap their presents this December, but that joy could quickly turn to despair if special gifts cause them harm. Unfortunately, such catastrophes are more likely than you suspect.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 35 children under the age of 15 were killed in toy-related incidents between 2014 and 2016. Additionally, CPSC data suggests that 240,000 children suffered toy-related injuries in 2016 alone. To reduce the risk of injury, parents should vet toys carefully, as indicated below:
Check For Toy Recalls
Every year, several toys are recalled due to emerging safety issues. The CPSC reported a total of 18 such recalls in 2018. The agency maintains a thorough list of recalled products, with a search function available to help concerned parents find specific toys. Safe Kids also offers extensive information on recalled toys, as well as email alerts to keep parents up-to-date on the latest recalls.
Pay Attention to Age Suggestions
Most potentially hazardous toys come with suggestions indicating the appropriate age range. Pay close attention to these recommendations. In general, avoid giving toys with sharp edges to children under the age of 8. Toys containing small parts should be off-limits for children under 3.
Opt For UL-Approved Toys
The safety organization UL conducts rigorous testing and quality assurance inspections to promote global regulatory compliance for a variety of products. When in doubt, stick with toys featuring the UL Toy Safety Certification Mark.
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