Making sure toys are safe for small children

Sinclair Cares: Making sure toys are safe for small children. (WPEC)

One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury, that’s according to a consumer product safety group.

Working with our parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group, we want you to be empowered to make sure the toys you’re buying this holiday season are safe.

Joy Lambert has our report.

Lisa DeLuca is a busy mom.

The boys are 5 and the girls are two.

When it comes time for Holiday shopping she has two very different ages she's looking for.

The boys are a little older so they're into the smaller pieces so they like Legos and that's tougher for the girls because they'll pick up pieces and put them in their mouth.

“Older kids toys will have small parts. That's really important to keep those away from those younger children,” says Joan Lawrence, Senior Vice President for Safety Affairs for the Toy Association.

Lawrence says age awareness is the biggest thing shoppers need to pay attention to.

To see if a toy is safe use a toilet paper roll. If the part fits into the roll it's too small for kids ages three and younger. Lawrence says you can still get the products just keep them away from the younger kids.

“You can look on a package and see its marked, keep an eye out for those labels,” says Lawrence.

The U.S. has strict safety standards that every toy must meet, from its physical parts to its chemical makeup.

But consumers should always inspect the toys themselves, look for defects or poor design.

And, if you're ordering online, you also want to be careful where you're ordering from.

“We always recommend to shop with a retailer that you know and trust you want to go with someone you know will be around if there's an issue,” says Lawrence.

Read online reviews, look for the age grade and safety guidelines. And pay attention to recalls so if there is an issue, you can catch it quickly.

“You know they're doing their job that you're going to be safe and your kids will be safe,” says DeLuca. “So, I actually appreciate it and a recall is just a way to say it could happen to you but hopefully it doesn't up to that point.”

For more information go to PlaySafe.Org and CPSC.Gov

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