Toy Safety

Guest post by Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade.

recallsEach year, thousands of children age 14 and younger suffered serious eye injuries, even blindness, from toys. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States.

You can prevent toy injuries by following some simple tips when choosing toys as gifts. Look for labels that assure you the toys have passed a safety inspection – “ATSM” means the toy has met the American Society for Testing and Materials standards. Choose age appropriate toys by following the recommended age labeling on the item, and inspect all toys before purchasing.


Under 3 years old

• Avoid buying toys that may have small parts that pose a choking danger.

• Avoid marbles, balls and games with balls

• Avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.

 Ages 3 to 5

• Avoid toys that are constructed with thin, brittle plastic

• Do not give crayons and markers unless they are labeled “nontoxic.

• Teach older children to keep their toys away from their younger brothers and sisters.

Ages 6-12

• Consider safety equipment toys for sports

• If you buy a bicycle for any age child, buy a helmet, too. • If buying a toy gun, be sure the barrel, or the entire gun, is brightly colored so that it’s not mistaken for a real gun.

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