Kidsafe around Christmas toys
Toys for Christmas is the best Christmas present around, but it can also be a huge heath concern. Toys are labelled correctly according to age groups. There are choking hazards, tripping hazards, falling hazards etc. if not chosen correctly.
· Inherently dangerous; explosive or projectile toys have inherent dangers because of what they are designed to do.
· Badly made; toys may be poorly constructed, and break easily during normal play.
· have built in hazards; toys may have design faults that are dangerous- sharp edges that cause cuts, small parts that easily break off and are choking hazards, or moving parts with the potential to pinch and crush fingers.
· Dangerous for the wrong age group or size; toys are graded for particular ages. This is associated with a child’s development and enjoyment. Toys that are safe for one age group may be dangerous for others.
· Used incorrectly; toys assembled or being used incorrectly are common causes of injury.
· Take notice of the age recommendation. These are linked to a child’s development and to safe use. When buying for an older child, think about a younger child’s potential to access the toy. A toy marked as not suitable for a child under 3 years may have small parts which a young child can swallow.
· Get advice on recommended brands and toys. Teachers, friends and toy libraries can help in finding appropriate and enjoyable toys and reliable brands.
· Read the label and instructions. Check that the toy is non-toxic, non-flammable, carries an age recommendation, and has the distributors contact details in case there is a problem.
· Avoid explosive or projectile toys.
· Inspect the toy. Look at the quality of work and for things that might be a danger to your child, including:
· Small parts: anything smaller than a ping pong ball is a choking hazard.
· Sharp edges or points. Noisy toys: these can damage hearing.
· Long strings or ribbons: should be no more than 30cm long to minimize the risk of strangulation.
· Weak construction: seams that come apart, or loose pieces such as eyes and buttons are a choking hazard.
· Small ends on baby’s toys: these can reach well into the back of a baby’s mouth.
· Moving parts: these can trap or pinch small fingers.
· Return faulty toys to retailers.
· Be aware of toy recalls.
· Always read the instructions carefully, and dispose of packaging carefully.
· Arrange safe places to play. Children and adults falling over scattered toys is the most common form of injury associated with toys. Keep toys off stairs and walkways.
· Keep toys made for older children away from younger children. Toys that are safe for one age group may be dangerous for another.
· Store toys down low so children can reach them easily without climbing. Toy containers that are light, with rounded edges and loose fitting lids are best. Avoid heavy hinges lids that can crush fingers, and large air-tight containers.
· Check the condition of toys as you tidy up. Repair or throw out any that are no longer safe.
Christmas is a joyful time of the year and with these safety precautions you will be at ease knowing that your child is safe.