Toys are meant for kids entertainment and learning. However little negligence can turn them dangerous objects and cause injury to your child.
Children of any age should not be allowed to play unsupervised to avoid such accidents and ensure safety.
Here are some guidelines to follow and make toys safe –
Buy toys from well-known sellers.
- Flame resistant or flame retardant fabric should be used in toys.
- Stuffed toys should be washable.
- Use of lead-free paint in toys.
- Toys should be non-toxic especially art supplies like clays, paints and crayons.
- Keep your eyes open for chemicals in toys, like arsenic, lead and mercury.
- The shatter-proof material should be used in the toy.
Discard/ repair is worn out toys
Worn out toys with sharp edges and broken pieces like body parts of dolls, pulled off pieces of plastic toys can sometimes be dangerous. You should check all toys at regular intervals to minimize such accidents.
Until the age of 5 years, kids are likely to put small things in their mouth, ears and nose, which can pose a serious choking hazard. Avoid buying toys with small parts, balloons, wires, strings and ribbons. Toys like marbles, small blocks, worn out stuffed toys can block the windpipe and restrict breathing in small children.
Most toys these days mention the recommended age for a good reason. A toy requires a certain level of physical and mental skills to play with it. Buying roller skates that are a little bigger in size, so that it fits for a longer duration, can be risky.
Batteries especially lithium button batteries must be kept out of reach from children. They can cause a choking hazard or trigger a chemical reaction causing serious injury if stuck in the throat. Many remote controlled cars and musical toys contain batteries that should be screwed safely and discarded immediately when replaced. Do not allow children to sleep along with these toys, as overheating and leaking batteries can cause burns and injuries.
Children younger than 4 years should not be allowed to play with heavy toys that they may not be able to lift in case it falls on them during an accident.
Buy strong, sturdy toys from reliable manufacturers that meet the safety requirements according to the standards defined by the state.
Keeping the toys safe also needs cleaning and disinfecting them from time to time. Make sure that the things of pleasure do not become hazardous for your little ones.