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The ABCs of Toy Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) encourages holiday shoppers to keep the "ABCs" of toy safety in mind this holiday season. These tips for safe shopping help ensure

(A) awareness of product risks (B) benefits in terms of safety, and (C) consumer protection.

The leading cause of toy-related fatalities is choking by aspiration of toy parts. Avoid toys with small parts for children under three years of age.


Ride-on toys – Unprotected falls from riding toys, skateboards, and in-line skates at full speed can be deadly. Helmets and safety gear are critical to safety and should be sized to fit.

Small parts – The leading cause of toy-related fatalities is choking by aspiration of toy parts. Avoid
toys with small parts for children under three years of age.

Magnets – For children under age six, avoid building sets with small magnets. If magnets or pieces with magnets are swallowed, serious internal injuries and/or death can occur.

Projectile toys – Projectile toys such as air rockets, darts, and sling shots are for older children who have the maturity and knowledge to use them properly and safely. Improper use of these toys can result in serious eye injuries and puncture wounds.

Chargers and adapters – Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to children.

Choosing Appropriate Toys

  • Read toy labels before buying. Use noted age and safety recommendations as a guide for purchasing appropriate gifts.
  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills, and interest level of the intended child.
  • Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly secured eyes and noses on dolls and stuffed animals.
  • Avoid toys that have sharp edges and points for children under age eight.

After Opening Toys

  • Immediately discard plastic wrappings from toy packaging before they become dangerous play things. Children should never place plastic wrapping over their heads, noses, or mouths.
  • Keep toys rated for older children away from younger children.
  • Following manufacturer's guidelines for toy use helps to avoid most toy safety issues, but the best way to ensure a safe play experience for your child is to supervise play.

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