Toy Safety -- Hazard Summary
Toy SafetyHow important is toy safety in this day and age?

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Last year, an estimated 140,700 children were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms after toy-related incidents.

Child safety begins with parental involvement. It is imperative that you check your child’s toys for potential safety hazards on a regular basis and educate older children on how they can help to ensure toy safety in regards to their younger brothers and/or sisters.

The following is a comprehensive summary of the potential hazards that the wrong toys or damaged toys can cause:

Toy Safety Considerations

Sharp Edges
By regulation, new toys intended for children under the age of eight, should be free of sharp glass and metal edges. With use, however, older toys may break, exposing cutting edges so inspect these toys often to ensure toy safety.

Small Parts Toy Safety
Older toys may contain smaller parts that are covered by the outer part of the toy. If the toy breaks, these inner parts can become exposed and accessible by your child. These parts may be small enough to be swallowed or to become lodged in a child's windpipe, ears or nose. The law bans small parts in new toys intended for children under three. This includes removable small eyes and noses on stuffed toys and dolls, and small, removable squeakers on squeeze toys. Always examine these toys to ensure toy safety. Any small item, generally less than 1.75 inches, should not be given to children under three years of age. A rule of thumb is that toys, balls and parts or pieces of toys are not suitable if they can fit through a toilet-paper cylinder.

Loud Noises
Toy caps and some noisemaking guns and toys can produce loud sounds that can damage hearing. The law requires the following label on boxes of caps producing noise above a certain level: "WARNING -- Do not fire closer than one foot to the ear. Do not use indoors." Caps producing noise that can injure a child's hearing are banned.

Cords And Strings
Toys with long strings or cords may be dangerous for infants and very young children. The cords can become wrapped around an infant's neck, causing strangulation. Never hang toys with long strings, cords, loops, or ribbons in cribs or playpens where children can become entangled. Remove crib gyms when your child can pull himself or herself up on their hands and knees. Some children have even strangled when they fell across the crib gym when it was stretched across the crib.

Sharp Points
Toys that have been broken may have dangerous points or prongs. Stuffed toys may have wires, inside the toy, that if exposed, could cut or stab your child. To ensure toy safety, parents should run their hands over toys to determine if there are shape edges prior to allowing children to play with them. A CPSC regulation prohibits sharp points in new toys and other articles intended for use by children under eight years of age.

Propelled Objects
Projectiles -- guided missiles and similar flying toys -- can be turned into weapons and can cause eye injuries. Toy vehicles with propellers – may cause lacerations, especially to the eye area.

Children should never be permitted to play with adult lawn darts or other hobby or sporting equipment that have sharp points. Arrows or darts used by children should have soft cork tips, rubber suction cups or other protective tips. Always check to ensure that the tips are secure. Avoid dart guns or other toys that may be capable of firing articles, such as pencils or nails that were not intended for use in the toy.

Toy Safety Age Considerations

Protecting Children from Unsafe Toys



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