We all know how busy Santa must be right now! He’s probably checking that list for the last time! If you know any of his helpers, these are a few tips they might consider:
- Buy age-appropriate toys. Even though some children are exceptionally bright, most toys’ designs are suited for their age.
- Be aware of toys that may contain lead paint.
- Check labels and do not assume that all toys are safe. They must be properly labeled.
- If you purchase toys on the internet, be careful, as hazard warnings are not always given.
- Avoid toys with cords or long strings, as they could cause strangulation in small children.
- Toys for tots should not have sharp edges or points.
- Be sure soft, plush animals are washable and have secure eyes and noses that won’t come off.
- You can be assured that little ones are going to put anything they can in their mouths, so be careful in choosing the size of squeeze toys, rattles, etc.
- Paints and crayons should have ASTM D4236 on the package (American Society for Testing and Materials).
- For grade school children, helmets should be given along with bikes, scooters, skateboards, or inline skates.
- Purchase arrows or darts with soft tips.
- BB or pellet guns should not be purchased for children under age 16.
The holiday season brings joyous times for families. Our purpose is to remind you of things you already know: the Number 1 priority is selecting toys and games that are fun and safe.