Recalls Shoppers Can Still Ensure They Buy Safe Toys By Following These Tips From Safe Kids

The holiday shopping season will soon be in full swing. With all the recalls on toys lately, many people may be concerned about how to pick out safe toys for the kids on their shopping list. Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead wants to help.

The holiday shopping season will soon be in full swing. With all the recalls on toys lately, many people may be concerned about how to pick out safe toys for the kids on their shopping list. Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead wants to help.

More than 3 billion toys and games are sold in the U.S. every year. "Most toys are safe, but people need to take precautions, even at the point-of-sale, to look for what potential dangers could exist and ultimately 'shop smart'," says Bobbi Paper, Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead coordinator.

Tips for shoppers and parents:
  • Buy toys that are age-appropriate. At home, if you have more than one child, keep toys separated so toys for older children are kept out of reach of the younger children.
  • Read and follow recommendations. Make sure children play with or use the toys as designed by manufacturers.
  • Check toys for potential hazards. Go through new toys, as well as old toys every few months and purge out any that are broken or are no longer safe.
  • Magnets can be dangerous. Small magnets like those found in magnetic building sets and other toys can seriously harm children if two or more are swallowed.
  • Home lead test kits are unreliable. It is better to check recall lists, or check with the manufacturer.
  • Keep up to date on recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, cpsc.gov, has a full listing of recalled children's products and instructions for parents on what to do with recalled items.
  • Be aware of your children's toys so if a recall occurs you know if your child has that toy.