The holidays are a great excuse to buy smile-worthy toys for the children we love. To keep present-opening a fun occasion, take note of these toy safety tips.
- Read age group recommendations on the label
When it comes to children and toys, age is more than just a number. Toys appropriate for older kids may contain choking hazards for toddlers. Keep a close eye on little ones nearby as their older siblings and cousins open presents. Reference the Child Safety Protection Act fact sheet for guidelines.
- Beware of choking hazards
It comes as no surprise that balloons are on record for causing the most children’s choking deaths than any other toy*. Other hazards include: marbles and small balls, marker caps, crayons and costume jewelry (plus faux gemstones that can fall off), film covering, ribbons and wrapping paper, and more. Check the label for details.
- Restrict access to toys with magnets
Each year, 2,800 children in the U.S. are taken to the emergency room after swallowing a button battery.** This equates to one kid every three hours! To reduce your youth’s risk of swallowing a battery, keep toys containing this potentially dangerous item out of reach of small children. Talk to older children about the safety risk involved. Of course, read the label to see the recommended age group for each toy.
National Battery Ingestion Hotline: (202) 625-3333
- Keep wrapping paper and other flammable objects away from flame
If you open presents to the sound of a crackling fire or the scent of a festive candle, keep wrappings well clear of the flame.
- Keep an eye on wandering toddlers
There tends to be a lot of commotion with a large group of people opening presents. If you celebrate with a big family, make sure someone is watching the little ones that could crawl or walk off unnoticed.
Presents and safety go hand in hand – so why not give the gift of safety to the youngsters in your life? The SABRE Personal Alarm with Key Ring is a self-defense option for any age. The 120 dB alarm is audible up to 600 feet (185 m) away, amplifying your child’s call for help in an emergency.
*National Center for Biotechnology Information
**Safe Kids WorldwideTM