If you’re not careful, toys can be just as dangerous as they are fun.

To Protect Your Child:

  • Heed the recommended age range and hazard warnings. A toy is designed according to a child’s size and physical ability. Your little one may not be able to handle it properly.
  • Check for loose parts, like wheels and buttons, that your child might be able to put in his mouth or sharp edges that can pinch little fingers. If a part can pass through a toilet paper roll, it’s too small for a child under age three.
  • Make sure strings are shorter than 12 inches. Anything longer could strangle your kid.
  • To assure that electric toys are safe, check for an ASTM or UL stamp, which indicates that it’s been tested.
  • Remember that online retailers aren’t required to post hazards on their sites.