Unfortunately, not all toys are tested the way they should be, so always read labels. Of course, supervision is the #1 way to keep your children safe, however, taking the steps below will help ensure safety this holiday season.
- Larger toys are better. Choking is the leading cause of toy-related deaths. Take a common household object – a toilet paper tube – if a toy can pass through it, don’t give it to your young child.
- Read the labels. Look for the “Keep away from children” notice – that warning isn’t just for fun. Make sure you read the warnings on the boxes and heed warnings and age recommendations on toys.
- Watch for batteries. If swallowed, the battery acid can cause fatal injuries.
- Know what the toys are made of. Many toys, especially those not made in the United States, have dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. Stay away from: toys made of soft PVC plastic; soft vinyl lunch boxes/bibs; and children’s costume jewelry.
- Mother knows best. Do you think that toy is too loud? It is. If a toy is too loud for you – it’s too loud for them. Children’s ears are even more sensitive than adult ears. Turn toys on the lowest volume or find a way to safely muffle the sound on the toy (or do what some of us do and just remove the batteries so there’s no noise and no batteries to worry about!).
The holidays are meant to be a joyous and fun time. We at Friedman, Domiano & Smith hope you and your family enjoy a safe and healthy holiday season.
Information provided by, Let America Know.