As you finish up (or start) your holiday toy shopping, it's important to remember that just because toys are on store shelves doesn't mean they're safe for the children on your list. A little bit of precaution on your part can go a long way, so please keep the following tips in mind:
1. Before you head out, check the latest toy recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's website has up-to-date information that can help you make decisions on your purchases.
2. Recalled and defective toys aren't the only concern – make sure the toy is age-appropriate. Follow the age guidelines on the product's package, and remember that when shopping for an infant or toddler, anything small enough to fit inside a paper towel tube is a choking hazard.
3. Make sure you read labels. In addition to age guidelines, they contain important information such as "flame retardant," "contains small parts," or weight restrictions.
4. Toys that have strong magnets should be avoided for children under the age of 14. They've been linked to serious injuries in kids who ingest them.
5. Register toys after you purchase them. This way you'll receive information if they toy is recalled.
You can find more tips and information on our firm's Toy Safety page.
Good luck with your shopping and I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.