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#148185 - 12/15/03 09:41 PM FOR KIDS' SAKE: THINK TOY SAFETY
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Choosing toys with care. Keep in mind the child's age, interests and skill level.

Look for quality design and construction in all toys for all ages.

Make sure that all directions or instructions are clear -- to you, and, when appropriate, to the child. Plastic wrappings on toys should be discarded at once before they become deadly playthings.

Be a label reader. Look for and heed age recommendations, such as "Not recommended for children under three". Look for other safety labels including: "Flame retardant/Flame resistant" on fabric products and "Washable/hygienic materials" on stuffed toys and dolls.


Check all toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. A damaged or dangerous toy should be thrown away or repaired immediately.

Edges on wooden toys that might have become sharp or surfaces covered with splinters should be sanded smooth. When repainting toys and toy boxes, avoid using leftover paint, unless purchased recently, since older paints may contain more lead than new paint, which is regulated by CPSC. Examine all outdoor toys regularly for rust or weak parts that could become hazardous.


Teach children to put their toys safely away on shelves or in a toy chest after playing to prevent trips and falls.

Toy boxes, too, should be checked for safety. Use a toy chest that has a lid that will stay open in any position to which it is raised, and will not fall unexpectedly on a child. For extra safety, be sure there are ventilation holes for fresh air. Watch for sharp edges that could cut and hinges that could pinch or squeeze. See that toys used outdoors are stored after play -- rain or dew can rust or damage a variety of toys and toy parts creating hazards.


New toys intended for children under eight years of age should, by regulation, be free of sharp glass and metal edges.

With use, however, older toys may break, exposing cutting edges.


Older toys can break to reveal parts small enough to be swallowed or to become lodged in a child's windpipe, ears or nose. The law bans small parts in new toys intended for children under three. This includes removable small eyes and noses on stuffed toys and dolls, and small, removable squeakers on squeeze toys.


Toy caps and some noisemaking guns and other toys can produce sounds at noise levels that can damage hearing. The law requires the following label on boxes of caps producing noise above a certain level: "WARNING -- Do not fire closer than one foot to the ear. Do not use indoors." Caps producing noise that can injure a child's hearing are banned.


Toys with long strings or cords may be dangerous for infants and very young children. The cords may become wrapped around an infant's neck, causing strangulation. Never hang toys with long strings, cords, loops, or ribbons in cribs or playpens where children can become entangled. Remove crib gyms for the crib when the child can pull up on hands and knees; some children have strangled when they fell across crib gyms stretched across the crib.


Toys which have been broken may have dangerous points or prongs. Stuffed toys may have wires inside the toy which could cut or stab if exposed. A CPSC regulation prohibits sharp points in new toys and other articles intended for use by children under eight years of age.


Projectiles -- guided missiles and similar flying toys -- can be turned into weapons and can injure eyes in particular. Children should never be permitted to play with adult lawn darts or other hobby or sporting equipment that have sharp points. Arrows or darts used by children should have soft cork tips, rubber suction cups or other protective tips intended to prevent injury. Check to be sure the tips are secure. Avoid those dart guns or other toys which might be capable of firing articles not intended for use in the toy, such as pencils or nails.


Keep toys designed for older children out of the hands of little ones. Follow labels that give age recommendations -- some toys are recommended for older children because they may be hazardous in the hands of a younger child. Teach older children to help keep their toys away from younger brothers and sisters.

Even balloons, when uninflated or broken, can choke or suffocate if young children try to swallow them. More children have suffocated on uninflated balloons and pieces of broken balloons than on any other type of toy.


Electric toys that are improperly constructed, wired or misused can shock or burn. Electric toys must meet mandatory requirements for maximum surface temperatures, electrical construction and prominent warning labels. Electric toys with heating elements are recommended only for children over eight years old. Children should be taught to use electric toys properly, cautiously and under adult supervision.


Infant toys, such as rattles, squeeze toys, and teethers, should be large enough so that they cannot enter and become lodged in an infant's throat.


Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and the Consumer Product Safety Act, the Commission has set safety regulations for certain toys and other children's articles. Manufacturers must design and manufacture their products to meet these regulations so that hazardous products are not sold.


Protecting children from unsafe toys is the responsibility of everyone. Careful toy selection and proper supervision of children at play is still -- and always will be -- the best way to protect children from toy-related injuries. To report a product hazard or a product-related injury, write to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C., 20207, or call the toll-free hotline: 1-800-638-2772. A teletypewriter for the deaf is available at 1-800-638-8270.



November 1995

Effective January 1, 1995 products that are manufactured in or imported into the United States on or after that date must comply with the Child Safety Protection Act (CSPA).

Any ball with a diameter of 1.75 inches (44.4mm) or less that is intended for use by children younger than 3 years of age is banned.

Any ball with a diameter of 1.75 inches (44.4mm) or less that is intended for use by children 3 years or older must be labeled:


CHOKING HAZARD-This toy is a small ball.
Not for children under 3 yrs.

Any toy or game intended for children 3 years or older but less than 8 years that contains a small ball shall bear the following cautionary label:


CHOKING HAZARD-Toy contains a small ball.
Not for children under 3 yrs.

Toys and games with small parts intended for use by children at least 3 years old but under 6 years must be labeled as follows:


CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts.
Not for children under 3 yrs.

Any latex balloon, or toy or game that contains a latex balloon, shall be labeled as follows:


CHOKING HAZARD-Children under eight yrs. can
choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons.
Adult supervision required.

Keep uninflated balloons from children.
Discard broken balloons at once.

Any marble intended for children 3 years or older shall be labeled:


CHOKING HAZARD - This toy is a marble.
Not for children under 3 yrs.

Any toys and games intended for children at least 3 years old but less than 8 years which contain a marble shall be labeled:


CHOKING HAZARD - Toy contains a marble.
Not for children under 3 yrs.
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#148186 - 12/16/03 07:48 AM Re: FOR KIDS' SAKE: THINK TOY SAFETY
pauluk Offline

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Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
All very well-intentioned, I'm sure, but whatever happened to common sense and parental responsibility?

#148187 - 12/16/03 05:01 PM Re: FOR KIDS' SAKE: THINK TOY SAFETY
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

It is surprising how 'uncommon' common sense can be nowadays.


#148188 - 12/27/03 07:56 AM Re: FOR KIDS' SAKE: THINK TOY SAFETY
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
but whatever happened to common sense and parental responsibility?

I think that they both flew out the window about the same time!.
That's a pretty comprehensive list there, but you can't protect kids from everything,can you?
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin


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