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When purchasing toys for children, it is important to consider several safety factors. Toys should be age-appropriate, well-constructed, durable, and suited for each particular child’s physical, mental and social capabilities.

Safety Regulations

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sets mandatory toy safety regulations, as follows:

All Ages

  • Electrical toys shouldn’t have shock or thermal hazards.
  • Toys shouldn’t contain toxic materials.
  • Toy paint should not contain traces of lead.
  • Art materials used by children under 12 should be non-hazardous.
  • Latex toys, games and balloons must contain warning labels regarding the choking and suffocation hazards.

Ages 3 to 6

  • All toys and games with small parts must be labeled to warn of the choking hazards.
  • All toys and games with balls less than 1.75 inches diameter must be labeled to warn of choking hazards.
  • All toys and games with marbles must be labeled for choking hazards.

Under Age 8

  • Electrically operated toys shouldn’t have heating elements.
  • No toys should have sharp points or edges.

Tips for Parents

Parents can take a number of steps to help reduce their child’s risk for toy-related injuries:

  • Make sure to refer to age and safety labels.
  • Keep deflated balloons and broken balloon pieces away from children.
  • Keep objects that can easily fit into a child’s mouth out of reach.
  • Read all toy warnings and instructions.
  • Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods and dangerous edges.
  • Repair or replace any damaged or defective toys.
  • Supervise children’s craft projects, as scissors and glue are among the most dangerous products for children.