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No Kidding with Unsafe Toys

It's the holidays! And if you are thinking of giving toys as gifts you need to know which may be dangerous to children.

No Kidding with Unsafe Toys

Baby Boy Playing with ToysIt's the holidays! And if you are thinking of giving toys as gifts you need to know which may be dangerous to children. A recent study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggested minority children have higher rates of preventable injuries and deaths associated with children products. We have compiled guidelines and resources to help you become informed and make the right choice:

Guidelines for Good Toys

  • Is the toy age appropriate?
  • Does it have, or could it break into small parts that a child could put in his/her mouth?
  • Is the fabric labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant?
  • Is the stuffed toy washable?
  • Is the toy painted with lead-free paint?
  • Are the art materials nontoxic?
  • Stay away from older toys and hand-me-downs.
  • Is the toy too loud for your child?

For parents, Grandparents, and Other Kid Pleasers

Read Government Reports on Toy Safety

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