Toy Safety Tips by Play and Learn Toys


Toy Safety Tips by Play and Learn Toys


Taking into consideration the number of toy recalls in the past few years, I wanted to provide a few tips to consider when looking at safety in toys. Most, if not all of these points are things that we generally know already but simply either forget or don’t consider when making our purchases. Like anything else, we get over-excited over a product without thinking of the hazards associated with it.

Age Appropriateness – Make sure that the toy you are purchasing is age appropriate. Each toy is constructed and designed for a specific age group. Manufacturers provide an age grading that allows the consumer to be aware of the age group that the toy is intended for. A toy marked 3+ is not appropriate for a child under 3 no matter how advanced that child may be.

Look For Small Parts – Always be aware if there are small parts that can be removed or easily breakable. We all know that small parts are potential choking hazards especially in younger children. You may be buying a toy for an older child but there may be younger children in that household. Always monitor younger children and keep toys stored appropriately and out of reach of younger ones.

Toys That Are Easily Breakable – Parents are turning toward less breakable products. Plastics tend to break easier than wood and broken toys may have sharp edges leading to puncture hazards. The trend towards purchasing more wooden products are increasing because not only do solid and quality wooden toys last longer, but they are generally more durable.

Finishes – The paints and dyes on a toy is a big concern. There are federal regulations on heavy metals and lead content used in toys and some toy manufacturers usually have information outlining their safety practices and their quality control programs. Be aware of claims of toys being 100% lead free. As long as there are any types of finishes on a toy – there is no guarantee that that product is 100% lead free. Lead is naturally occurring and can be found in minimum detectable quantities.

Be Aware And Get Informed – There are resources available that provides tons of information on toy safety. Health Canada also provides a wealth of information on its policies, regulations and toy recalls etc. Stay informed and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Toys safety is your responsibility too!!!

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