Sure, we want our kids to have fun with the toys we buy them for the holidays. But even more importantly, we want them to be safe!
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding parents to think about safety when buying their kids' Christmas gifts this year. With all the toy recalls that happen each year (Over half a million of one of last year's most popular gifts, the hoverboard, were recalled last year.), it's important to be thoughtful about what you're giving the kids before you wrap it up.
Here are some considerations the CPSC wants parents to keep in mind --
- Read warning labels to see which toys include small parts, the suggested age range, and to look for the ASTM F963 label which indicates that the toy meets safety standards.
- If you're buying a toy like a bike or scooter, make sure to buy a helmet as well.
- Keep an eye out for recalled toys at cpsc.gov.
- If toys contain "button batteries" (those tiny circular batteries), make sure they're secured with screws because they're choking hazards.
- Don't buy "no-name" products; you should always be able to find information about the company in case you have problems with the product.
- Think about how your child will play with the toy. If there are sharp points, splinters or sharp edges, maybe bypass it.
- Be careful of used toys. If they have chipped paint, you could be running the risk of lead exposure.
It's important to have fun this time of the year, and that will be a lot easier to manage if you feel confident that you've given your kids safe toys to play with!