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Home Toy Safety

05/09/2013

 

Toys are important to a child’s development. Learn how to choose appropriate toys that are safe for your child to play with.

 

Toys bring fun to a child and help him to learn at the same time. However, if toys are not used the right way, they can sometimes injure a child.

 

Here are some basic rules and tips on toy safety to ensure that playtime is safe for your child!

 

  • Always read the safety labels on toys and follow the instructions provided.

  • Always choose toys that are appropriate for your child s age. Toys intended for older children should be kept out of reach from their younger siblings.

  • Always choose toys that do not come with flying or spinning devices as they may cut, blind or hurt your child.

  • Do not choose toys that are very noisy as they may damage your child’s hearing.

  • Avoid buying toys with strings or cords as these might strangle your child.

  • Always choose toys without sharp edges, movable or detachable parts. They should not be made from breakable materials like glass, or materials that easily catch fire.

  • For young children, look out for toys that are well-made with no plastic parts if possible. This is to prevent small plastic parts from detaching during rough play. Consider choosing plush toys with embroidered eyes and noses instead.

  • Always choose toys that do not topple easily. Unstable riding toys may hurt your child.

  • For young children, avoid toys that fly or dart (e.g. dart arrows).

  • Avoid toys that have paint as young children tend to put everything into their mouths.

  • Check toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Damaged or dangerous toys should be repaired or discarded.

  • Ensure that toys are big enough to prevent them from being swallowed by your child. Avoid small objects such as buttons, coins, pins or marbles. These items can cause young children to choke, especially to those who are in the pre-school age group.

  • Ensure that toys are stored away properly after play so as to prevent someone from tripping and falling.

  • Test the toys, especially electronic ones. If necessary, get the salesperson to do a demonstration before you decide on whether it is safe to purchase the toy.

  • Remove the batteries in electronic toys when not in use. Batteries that are left in the toys for extended periods of time will leak. The liquid that leaks from the batteries is poisonous and will harm the child when he or she comes into contact with it.

 

References: 

 

Article source: Health Promotion Board website

 

Article url : http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/health-article/3232

 

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