6 Tips for Child Safe Gift Giving

1. Age Matters: Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards for younger children.

2. Read the Instructions: Before buying a toy or allowing your child to play with a toy that he or she has received as a gift, read the instructions carefully.

3. Beware of Plugs: To prevent both burns and electrical shocks, don’t give young children (under age 10) a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, buy toys that are battery operated.

4. Choose a toy too large swallow: Children under age 3 can choke on small parts contained in toys or games. Government regulations specify that toys for children under age 3 cannot have parts less than 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long.

5. Balloons can suffocate: Protect from Children under age 8 can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Remove strings and ribbons from toys before giving them to young children.

6. Pull strings are bad for babies: Watch for pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches in length. They could be a strangulation hazard for babies.

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