Toy Safety

An estimated 262,300 children were treated in emergToyDepositphotos_9680297_originalency rooms for toy-related injuries in 2011, and more than a third of toy-related injuries are in children ages 4 and under. Make sure to think about fun as well as safety by making sure toys are appropriate for a child’s age and maturity level. The first step is to read the warning label to make sure your child will be safe while playing with the new toy. If secondhand toys are purchased, or received from friends or relatives, visit www.cpsc.gov to make sure the toy hasn’t been recalled for safety reasons. Used toys should also be in good condition with all original parts and packaging, if possible. If a new toy comes with a product registration card, it is helpful for parents to mail it in so the manufacturer can contact you if the item is ever recalled.

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