How To Choose Safe Toys

For Your Children

Some Factors to Consider:

  • Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Stuffed toys should be washable.
  • Painted toys should be covered with lead-free paint.
  • Art materials should say nontoxic.
  • Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they've been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

WHAT CAN I DO AT HOME?

  • Teach kids to put toys away.
  • Check toys regularly to make sure that they aren't broken or unusable:
    • Wooden toys shouldn't have splinters.
    • Bikes and outdoor toys shouldn't have rust.
    • Stuffed toys shouldn't have broken seams or exposed removable parts.
  • Throw away broken toys or repair them right away.
  • Store outdoor toys when they're not in use so that they are not exposed to rain or snow.
  • Ensure toys are cleaned frequently.


MAKE SURE THAT CHILDREN ARE KEPT AWAY FROM ITEMS THAT MAY APPEAR TO BE TOYS, SUCH AS:

  • fireworks
  • matches
  • sharp scissors
  • balloons (uninflated or broken balloons can be choking hazards)

Written By: Eli Haynes