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Toy Safety Checklist

Toy Safety Checklist

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Published by Seattle Children's
Many toys are made with safety in mind, but no toy is totally safe. These tips will help you choose and maintain safe toys.
Many toys are made with safety in mind, but no toy is totally safe. These tips will help you choose and maintain safe toys.

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Published by: Seattle Children's on Dec 23, 2010
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Community Education
Toy Safety
Many toys are made with saety in mind, but notoy is totally sae. oys that break or are misusedcan become dangerous. Tese tips will help youchoose and maintain sae toys. Share them withyour child’s caregivers and grandparents so thatthe gis they give and their homes are saer oryour child, too.
Choose the right toys
oys are age-graded or saety. Age-grades areguidelines that refect the toy’s saety based on:Any choking or saety riskshe physical skills a child needs to play withthe toy How well a child can understand how to usethe toy he interests, needs and abilities at dierentstages o a child’s developmentWith this in mind:Choose toys that match your child’s age andskills.When buying used toys, avoid old woodentoys with chipped paint. he paint may contain lead.Read labels. Buy things that can be washedand that are lame-retardant or resistant.Choose paints, crayons and markers that say “non-toxic.”Buy the saety gear that goes with the item,such as a helmet with a bike.
Watch for toy dangers
Sharp edges and sharp points.
oys orolder children and broken toys may havesharp points or edges that can hurt a smallchild. Avoid toys made rom thin plastic that
can break easily. Stued toys may have wiresinside that will stick out i the toy comesapart. Avoid giving toys with metal parts totoddlers and babies.
Small toys and toys with small parts.
oprevent choking, make sure that toys andparts are larger than your child’s mouth i your child is 3 or younger. Check stuedanimals or eyes, noses and parts that cancome o. Put small toys and toys with smallparts out o reach when young ones arearound. Sot baby toys should be large enoughthat they can’t be swallowed even when they are squashed down.

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