Toy Safety For All Ages
Your “unsafe” checklist should include:
Did you know about shock and thermal hazards in electrical toys? Electric toys with heating elements are recommended only for children over eight years old.
The art materials we buy for our children under 12 years old should be non-hazardous. The materials should indicate conformity with ASTM D-4236.
Heed warnings on choking and suffocation hazards for latex balloons.
Small, powerful magnets used in building toys and magnetic jewelry can fall out and look like shiny candy. If our child swallows multiple magnets, the magnets attract each other in the stomach and intestines and will cause a serious injury. If our child swallows even just one magnet, seek medical attention immediately.
Keep watch and button batteries away from our children. If swallowed, the battery acid can cause serious injuries.
Toy Safety for Kids Under Age 3
Kids in this age range are prone to various hazards, most specifically choking. Look out for labels like:
- “Not recommended for children under three”
- “Flame retardant/Flame resistant”
- “Washable/hygienic materials”
Infant rattles are required by law to be large enough so as not to get lodged in our children’s throat. They should not separate into small pieces.
Toy Safety for Kids Under Age 8
Kids in this age range are more adventurous and are always on the move. Get your growing checklist started with these:
Planning to buy bicycles, skateboards, inline skates, or scooters? Make children safer by also giving a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards.
Sharp points or edges
Investigate toys for sharp points or edges. Toys which have been broken may have dangerous points or prongs.
We shouldn’t allow our children to play with equipment that has sharp points. Propelled objects such as projectiles, guided missiles, and similar flying toys can be turned into weapons. They can injure eyes.
Did you know?
The CPSC can remove potentially hazardous toys from the marketplace? If you believe a toy is unsafe, please write to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207, or call the toll-free hotline: 1-800-638-2772.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or the CPSC mandates toy manufacturers to comply with ASTM F 963-16 or The Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.