Safety precautions with holiday toys


One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury, that's according to a consumer product safety group.

When it comes time for Holiday shopping many parents shop for different ages.

Older kids toys will have small parts. That's really important to keep those away from those younger children.

Joan Lawrence, the Senior Vice President of Safety Affairs for The Toy Association, says age awareness is the biggest thing shoppers need to pay attention to.

To see if a toy is safe use a toilet paper roll, if the part fits into the roll it's too small for kids ages three and younger.

Lawrence says you can still get the products, just keep them away from the younger kids.

You can look on a package and see its marked, keep an eye out for those labels, says Joan.

The U.S. has strict safety standards that every toy must meet, from its physical parts to its chemical makeup.

But consumers should always inspect the toys themselves, by looking for defects or poor design.

And, if you're ordering online, you also want to be careful where you're ordering from.

“We always recommend to shop with a retailer that you know and trust you want to go with someone you know will be around if there's an issue,” says Joan.

Read online reviews, look for the age grade and safety guidelines, and pay attention if there is an issue, you can catch it quickly.

For a list of toy recalls, you can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website

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