December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

With the holiday season approaching, your thoughts may be turning to shopping for toys and gifts. You’ll want to get the children in your life their favorite toys, and there are thousands of toys to choose from in stores and online. Before you make those purchases, remember to consider the safety and age-range of the toys. To prevent injuries, choose toys that are safe for the age of the child. Look for labels to help you judge which toys might not be safe, especially for infants and children under the age of three. For children of all ages, consider if the toys are suited to their skills and abilities. Along with knowing what kinds of toys to choose, it’s important to know what kinds of toys to avoid in order to prevent possible injuries.

Even within the child’s age range, toys suitable for one child might not be suitable for another child. It’s good to keep in mind that young children, if they’re not being watched closely, may play with toys purchased for older children. Remember, toys with small parts should be kept away from children under three years of age. Everyone should be aware of what they can do to make sure the gifts they give children this year will not require a trip to the emergency room. For more information on toy hazard recalls, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s page:

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