The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently released tips for consumers to practice safe toy purchasing this holiday season.
So while you're scrambling to find last minute gifts, you may want to follow the CPSC's safety tips for buying safe toys:
- Magnets – For children under age six, avoid building sets with small magnets. If swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur.
- Small Parts – For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
- Ride-on Toys – Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be sized to fit.
- Projectile Toys – Projectile toys such as air rockets, darts and sling shots are for older children. Improper use of these toys can result in serious eye injuries.
- Chargers and Adapters – Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to children.
Once the toys are open be sure to immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys before they become dangerous play things, keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings or neighbors and pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers.
Also, check out the list of 2006's worst toys.