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When buying toys for Christmas, remember these safety tips:
-Choose age-appropriate toys that match the child’s interests and abilities. Always read and heed the label to determine whether a toy is age-appropriate for the child.
Consider the ages of all the children in the household, as toys with small parts, projectiles, sharp edges and other hazards can harm the younger siblings.
-Get safety gear, including helmets, for scooters and other riding toys. Helmets should be worn properly at all times and be sized to fit.
-Keep small balls and toys with small parts away from children younger than age 3, as these are choking hazards. Supervise older children as deaths have occurred with small balls.
-Ensure high-powered magnets and button cell or coin batteries are kept away from young children who might mistakenly, or intentionally, swallow them, as these items pose ingestion hazards.
-Keep balloons away from children younger than 8 years old, especially latex balloons as they can present a choking hazard.
-Take note of safety warnings, information and labels.
-Properly dispose of thin plastic bags and packaging, as children can suffocate.
-Before purchasing a new or used toy, be sure the toy has not been banned or recalled. Consumers can check online at www.cpsc.gov/recalls If possible, consumers should register the toy with the company after purchase, so they can receive recall notices directly from the company.