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Toy Safety Rules Every Parent Must Know About

Toy Safety Rules Parents Need to Know AboutToys are everywhere and our kids play with them every day. Kids are exposed to a large number of toys available inside the homes, schools and retail stores. As a parent, your number one rule should be “safety always comes first”.

At Learn To Play Toys, we care about child’s health and safety more than anything else. Here are some tips and guidelines on Toy Safety that we believe every parent needs to know about and follow. Let your kids play, have fun and be safe at the same time.

Buy Age Appropriate Toys

When shopping for toys, first thing you need to pay attention to is the product recommended age. Most toy manufactures print the appropriate age their product is made for in a large size text on the outside packaging. Look for this information first and make sure your child’s age meets the minimum age requirement suggested by the toy manufacture.

Avoid Toys Containing Toxic Chemicals

Read the product label very carefully. Look for warning signs, list of chemicals, and any toy safety information reported by the manufacture. Below is a list of toxic chemicals you certainly need to avoid when shopping for toys.

  • Lead: Lead may be found in the paint used to color the toys.
  • Cadmium: Cadmium is a toxic metal used to strengthen metal toys.
  • Chlorine (PVC or Vinyl Chloride): This is a toxic chemical used in plastic toys.
  • Arsenic: A heavy metal found in some children’s products.
  • Bromine: A chemical used in fire retardants.
  • Mercury: A metallic element found in some consumer products.

Examine the Toy for Potential Harmful PartsToy Safety Rules Parents Need to Know About

Use your common sense and carefully examine the toy for parts and attachments that could possibly harm your child. Particularly look for the following:

  • Sharp Edges: Sharp edges cause skin cuts and bruises.
  • Small Parts: Make sure the small parts are larger than your child’s mouth size so they won’t become a choking hazard.
  • Long Cords: Long Cords can strangle a child.

Toys that Shoot Objects into the Air

Toy stores are filled with guns and projectiles that shoot objects into the air. These types of toys are definitely becoming popular among boys. If convinced to buy, make sure kids follow strict safety rules while playing. Have them wear protective glasses, keep a safe distance from the target, and supervise them at all times.

Check Toys for Broken or Missing Parts

Examine your child’s toys periodically for broken or missing parts. A safe toy can become unsafe if parts break or become loose. Small parts can easily get stuck in a child’s ear or throat and cause serious injuries. Sharp or pointed edges can also harm the child in many ways. As an important toy safety rule, make sure you remove the broken toy or repair it as soon as possible.