El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Christmas is a time for joy and to even unwrap some presents, but you need to be careful when it comes to toys. There are safety guidelines that should be followed when, before and after purchasing a toy.
Here are some tips from health experts when it comes to toys this holiday season:
Choose toys that suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child.
Look for labels that give age recommendations and use that information as a guide.
For infants and toddlers, avoid toys with small parts which could pose a fatal choking hazard.
For all children under age eight, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
Do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under the age of eight.
Look for sturdy construction, especially tightly secured small parts.
Check instructions for clarity. They should always be clear to adults, and when appropriate, to the child.
Discard plastic wrappings on toys immediately, which can cause suffocation.
Steer clear of older toys, even hand-me-downs. Those toys might have sentimental value and are
certainly cost-effective, but they may not meet current safety standards and may be break easily from years of wear and tear.