Tips for Product and Toy Safety

Safe Procedures While Handling Toys

    • Toy recalls should be frequently checked at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website. CPSC provides a detailed listing of children’s toys that may cause potential harm or danger to a child. Receive periodic e-mails and updates by signing up at CPSC.
      US Consumer Product Safety Commission
    • On each toy, check the label to find if the product contains lead paint and if so, locate the percentage. If the toy contains lead, the amount should be low. According to the CPSC, toys should be checked for lead by reading the labels or by purchasing a lead inspector kit.
      Lead in Children’s Toys
    • Check each toy to be sure it does not contain small parts and does not pose as a choking risk. Tug and pull at pieces on the toy to see if it will disassemble easily. If the parts disconnect easily, this means that they could also come apart in the hands of a child.
      Avoiding Choking Hazards
    • Research the toy to be sure it is free of phthalate. Phthalate is a type of chemicals commonly used in the manufacture of teething rings. This chemical contains several health risks concerns and has been linked to early puberty in adolescents and adult obesity.
    • Avoid purchasing products from dime stores, street vendors or ones that contain missing or broken pieces. These types of toys are sometimes defective or hazardous products that were not accepted at retail stores and are sold “as is”.
      How Parents Should Choose Toys
    • Go over the surface of the toy and look for any sharp corners, holes or jagged edges that could potential injure a child’s eye, nose, ear or any other part of the body.
      Tips on Choosing Safe Toys
    • Check to see if the toy provides the manufacturer or toy retailer contact information. Forms can be filled out by parents to ensure that you are notified in case of toy recalls. This general information can be attached or come with the toy in the form of a sticker, business card or flyer.
      How to Buy Safe Toys
    • Avoid purchasing toys that come with or have attached ropes, laces or cords, as they can become dangerous to a child and can result in strangulation or choking.
      What To Avoid
    • When you purchase toys that contain chemical solutions, such as in certain science games, keep a fire extinguisher in the general area. The phone number to Poison Control, as well as other emergency contact numbers should be kept available. Children should only play with these types of games under adult supervision.
      Threats to Look for
    • Toys that contain magnets should be avoided as they can be hazardous to the human body if swallowed. Although the toy is much safer if the magnet is completely covered and unseen, there is still a slight possibility of danger so it’s best to avoid these types of toys.
      Tips for Toy Safety

Toy Safety Standards, Regulations, Recalls and Resources

    • Toy Recall Resource: Find information on recent recalls, search for old recalls and sign up for an e-mail newsletter for updates.
    • Toy Fact Sheets: Find printable fact sheets, downloads and other resources to help teach about toy safety.

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