Monday, December 07, 2015
Give safe toys this Christmas
Recalls of outrageously bad toys are dropping, but you still need to think before you buy.
Keep the child's age in mind--but also the ages of all other kids in the household. Read labels carefully.
--Be sure there are no small parts or other choking hazards if there are small children in the house.
--Look for quality construction--stuffed animal eyes that don't pull out, little accessories that fit in mouths.
--Check toys lying around for chipped paint, missing parts, or sharp edges.
--Make sure crayons and markers are labeled non-toxic.
--Avoid marbles and balls with a diameter under 1-3/4 inches.
--Balloons should be Mylar, not latex. Never allow children to blow them up or deflate them.
--New bike--don't forget the helmet.
--Scooters, skateboards and other riding toys--also helmets.
--Electronics--those button batteries are harmful if swallowed.
--New TV--wall mount it--don't put it on a shelf where it can be pulled over.
--Projectile toys such as air rockets, darts, and slingshots--no for any age.
--Chargers--can burn children.
--BB guns. These are not toys.
Just stop and think. Children are masters at using toys for results not intended. You need to stay ahead of their "creativity."