16:24 23 December 2012
Kids will always love toys. That is why parents usually get their little ones different toys during birthdays and during the Christmas period.
However, parents must know that every year, several toy-related injuries happen not just in UK, but also in other parts of the globe. These can be avoided by simply knowing the safety guidelines set by the government which toy manufacturers should strictly follow.
Some of the guidelines are the following:
• Toy manufacturers are supposedly expected to use lead-free paint.
• Fabric toys should be labeled flame resistant.
• Stuffed toys should be washable.
• Art materials should be non-toxic.
• Paints and crayons should be inspected and must pass standards.
Note that these guidelines apply to all toys made after 1995. If you’re getting toys, which were manufactured before this year, inspect them carefully before you give them to your children to ensure that they’re safe.
Most toys these days have age recommendations. Parents and guardians are encouraged to follow these recommendations to avoid toy-related injuries.
Toys that are too small or have parts that are too small can be dangerous for younger kids when swallowed. Games that include coins, marbles, and balls are not recommended for younger children as well.
Other things to watch out for when buying toys as Christmas gifts to ensure they’re safe are the following: (1) Battery operated toys must have screw that will hold the battery in place at all times, (2) toys must not have sharp or small parts, (3) toys should withstand a child chewing on them and (4) toys must not be breakable.
If you have children of various ages, it’s important to explain to older children the dangers of letting their younger sibling play with specific type of toys.
For their safety, do not allow them to play with toys that can be dangerous to other kids unless there’s adult supervision.
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