​Toys, toys, toys.

Every kid loves toys. But is every toy appropriate and safe for your kid?

While toys can be great tools for fun and learning, playing with the wrong types or playing in an inappropriate manner may cause injuries.

Here are some ways to make playtime safe for your child:
  • ​Always read the safety labels on toys and follow the instructions.
  • Choose toys that are age-appropriate. Small toys can be a choking hazard and should be avoided in children younger than 3 years. Toys intended for older children should be kept out of reach of younger siblings.
  • Be mindful that toys with flying or spinning devices may cut, blind or hurt your child.
  • Avoid choosing toys that are very noisy/loud as they may damage your child’s hearing.
  • Avoid buying toys with strings or cords as these might cause strangulation.
  • Choose toys without sharp edges, movable or detachable parts. They should not be made from flammable or easily breakable materials like glass.
  • For young children, look out for toys that are well-made, if possible with no plastic parts that could detach 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 are painted as young children tend to put everything into their mouths.
  • Check toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Damaged 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 those of pre-school age.
  • Ensure that toys are stored properly after play to prevent someone from tripping and falling.
  • Test the toys, especially electronic ones. If necessary, ask for a demonstration at the store to decide whether it is safe before purchase.
  • Ensure that all button batteries are securely attached within the toy and sealed out of reach from children as they can cause serious injury if ingested.
  • Remove the batteries in electronic toys when not in use. Batteries that are left in the toys for extended periods will leak. This leaking liquid is poisonous and will harm any child coming into contact with it.

Discover more toy safety tips with Consumer Product Safety Office (CPSO) infographics.

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