Top Tips For Buying Safe Toys
North American Precis Syndicate
Make sure the toys you give are right for the child's age, abilities and interests. (NAPS)
by Joan Lawrence
(NAPSI)—For happier holidays with your family, here are answers to
parents’ most frequently asked questions about toy safety:
Q. How do I pick out safe toys?
A. Choose a toy that matches
your child’s age and interests. Always follow the age grading on toy
packaging and be sure to keep toys labeled 3+ away from children under 3.
These toys may contain small parts, which are a choking hazard.
Q. Are certain toy brands safer
A. All toys sold in the U.S.
must comply with strict federal safety standards. So when you shop at a
reputable retailer, you can feel confident that the toys sold in the
establishment are safe.
Q. Is it safe to buy a toy from a
seller I’m not familiar with?
A. Whether online or in person, shop only at retailers you know and trust.
Store staff at established businesses will be knowledgeable about the toys on
their shelves and websites. Exercise caution when buying toys at flea
markets, garage sales and unknown online sellers, as these vendors may not be
monitoring for recalled products.
Q. How do I find out if a toy has
A. Only 0.003 percent of the 3
billion toys sold each year are recalled. Stay informed by visiting
PlaySafe.org for a current list of recalled products.
Q. What’s your last piece of
advice for parents?
A. Always supervise your
children at play and demonstrate the correct way to use a toy or game.
For more tips on toy safety, visit www.PlaySafe.org,
now available in English and Spanish.
• Ms. Lawrence, the “Toy
Safety Mom,” is a lifelong child safety advocate with more than 20
years of experience in the toy industry and senior vice president of
standards and regulatory affairs at The Toy Association.
“For happier holidays for your
family, read the packaging to make sure the toys you give are right for the
child’s age, abilities and interests, says Joan Lawrence, the
“Toy Safety Mom.” http://bit.ly/2NW1nBL”
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