Buying safe toys for your children
How to buy safe toys for your kids
Children have lots of fun playing with their toys. It is essential to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Thousands of children are injured by toys each year. It is important to know what to look for when buying toys .
How to prevent injuries
Most injuries from toys are minor cuts, scrapes and bruises . You should know that toys can however causes serious injuries and even death. This occurs when toys are dangerous and used in the wrong way.
Here are some tips for buying toys
The tips will help you chose safe and appropraite toys for your kids.
- Read the label. Warning labels will give you important information on how to use the toys and what ages the toys are for. You need to teach your child how to use the toy right away.
- Buy large toys : It is important that all toys and parts are larger than your child’s mouth to prevent choking
- Avoid toys that produce large sounds to prevent damage to your child’s hearing
- Toys that shoot objects into the sky should be avoided . This can cause serious eye injury and choking
- Buy plastic toys that are sturdy : Thin plastic toys may break easily
- Stuffed toys should be well made : It is important to make sure that all seams and edges are secured and all parts are on tight. It should also be machine washable. You need to take off any loose ribbon and strings to prevent strangulation. Toys that have small bean – like pellets or stuffing that can cause strangulation should be avoided
- Check the label to make sure electric toys are “UL” approved
- Make sure the label says nontoxic. Toys with toxic material can cause poisoning
- Be careful when choosing crib toys. Wires and strings that hung in cribs should be kept short to avoid strangulation. Crib toys need to be removed as soon as your child can push up on her knees and hands
Choosing safe toys. Nome’s Foundation. http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/safe-toys.html. Accessed September 5, 2016
Toys safety guidelines. Baby center. http://www.babycenter.com/0_toy-safety-guidelines_423.bc. Accessed September 5,, 2016