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KEEP SAFETY IN MIND WHEN BUYING TOYS FOR CHILDREN

Wed November 21, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY-As we approach the busy holiday shopping season, the DuPage County Health Department is offering the following safety tips to shoppers who will be buying toys for children.
 
Before you purchase a toy:

  • Read all warnings and instructions on the box.
  • Ask yourself if the toy is right for your child's ability and age.
  • Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges.
  • Check the lenses and frames of children's sunglasses; many can break and cause injuries.
  • Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards.
  • Look for the letters "ASTM." This means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
  • Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off. Remember that BB guns are NOT toys.


Before allowing children to play with toys:

  • Inspect toys for safe, sturdy construction.
  • Explain how to use the toy.
  • Fix or throw away broken toys.


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KEEP SAFETY IN MIND WHEN BUYING TOYS FOR CHILDREN

 

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