Monday, May 19, 2008

Children's Toy Safety Tips

Here's some tips in providing safe toys to children:

Characteristics of a good toy:
1. Suitable to the child's physical capabilities, mental and social development;

2. Appealing and interesting to the child; and

3. Well constructed, durable and safe for the child's age.

Do's and Dont's in Toy Safety:

1. Check labels on the packaging and observe precautions appearing in the labels to ensure the safety of the child;

2. Ensure that the child will play with a toy suited for his age under adult supervision;

3. Dispose plastic packaging accordingly. Keep it out of reach of children;

4. For children under age three (3), do not buy the following toys:
• balls with a diameter of 1.75 inches or less so as to prevent choking;
• that easily breaks into small parts or pieces (glass or brittle plastics);
• containing small detachable parts or pieces which could become lodged in the throat;
• with sharp points and edges;
• with electrical parts, unless supervised by an adult;
• with parts that could pinch or entrap fingers, toes or hair;
• with parts put together by straight pins, sharp wires or nails that are exposed and easily detached.