Over 1.5 billion toys and games sold in the United States are purchased during the holidays—but many, unfortunately, present safety hazards to children. If you’re planning to gift a toy or game to a child this season, keep in mind the guidelines recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Magnets, for instance, can be dangerous to children, especially high-powered magnet sets with small magnets. Though magnetic toys are covered by a strong safety standard, building and play sets should be kept away from children.
Deflated balloons and balloon strings can also be hazardous. The CPSC advises keeping balloons away from children younger than eight years old, and discarding torn balloons immediately.
In addition, riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates can lead to accidents. Helmets and other safety gear should be worn properly at all times, and they should be sized to fit. Children should avoid riding scooters on streets or roadways.
For toys that require batteries, charging should always be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children if left unattended. Heed instructions and warnings on battery chargers—some lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging.
Keep in mind that toys designed for older children should never be given to those younger than the product’s recommended age.
Lastly, avoid gifting toy sets with small parts to children three years of age and younger—they present choking hazards and can lead to serious injury.
Published with permission from RISMedia.