General Safety

General Safety Tips:

Toy Safety:

Each year, approximately 217,000 toy-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms nationwide. But on average, only 15 children under the age of 14 die from a toy-related injury.

Each year since 2000, an average of 20 children ages 14 and under have died from a toy-related incident. Since 2000, it is estimated that an average of 168,000 children ages 14 and under are treated in emergency departments for toy-related injuries each year.

To sign up for recall emails, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/ and click on Sign up for Email Announcements. Report safety concerns about toys to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 800-638-2772 or www.cpsc.gov. Your experience could be part of a pattern that might lead to a recall. Parents and caregivers shouldn't hesitate to report defects or design features that seem dangerous.

Most toys are safe, especially if you buy from a reputable retailer. That doesn't mean you have to go to a 'big box' store, but if you shop at a locally-owned toy store, make sure that the owner is aware and vigilant about getting recalled items off the shelves. Avoid used toys, which could have been recalled and not removed from circulation.

If you buy toys secondhand or get hand-me-downs, visit www.cpsc.gov to make sure the toy hasn't been recalled for safety reasons. If a new toy comes with a product registration card, mail it in right away so the manufacturer can contact you if the item is ever recalled. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 required the CPSC to issue a rule outlining labeling requirements for toy and game advertising in catalogues and other printed materials. The rule applies to catalogues and other printed materials that provide a direct means of purchase or order for toys and games intended for children ages 3 to 6. Under the new rule, any toy or game that currently requires a choking warning for small parts, balloons, small balls or marbles on the product packaging must be advertised with the same warning in any catalogue or other printed item.

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