Holiday Toy Safety and Beyond
The holidays are quickly approaching and during
this season many children receive toys as gifts
from family and friends. Sometimes there is
more thought put into the toys popularity and
cost than appropriateness and safety of the toy
for the child.
There are many ways consumers can ensure they
are purchasing a safe toy. The child’s size and
age should guide the appropriateness of the toy.
Labels on the box will include age grading for
correct physical developmental level of the child.
Look for labels that list small parts, suffocation
hazards, chemicals, or flame resistance. Visually
inspect toys for sharp edges, strings, projectiles,
splinters, or chipped paint. Remember that small
children have very good hearing and are
sensitive to loud noises.
Because of marketing, advertising, and older
siblings, the “want” list may not always be age or
skill appropriate. Homes mixed with children who
have a wide range of ages and developmental
stages should be aware of the hazard of small
parts, magnets, cords, strings, or batteries that
may be in an older child’s toy, yet pose a choking
hazard to the smaller child.
Although the cost may be a few dollars more,
brand names may be safer than no name brands.
No name toys may not always be regulated or
inspected for potential hazards such as lead
paint. If any problems arise a brand name
will also make it easier to track down the name
and address of the legitimate company.
To assist with your holiday shopping this year,
the Department of Agriculture, Trade and
Consumer Protection released a holiday protection
packet. The packet included information on
shopping, scams, and toy safety. To view all the
information, go to https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/News_Media/2016_
The Consumer Product Safety Commission
also supplies information on toy recalls, injuries
and deaths at https://www.cpsc.gov/
For additional information or to file a complaint,
visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at
datcp.wisconsin.gov, call the Consumer Protection
Hotline at 800-422-7128 or send an
e-mail to email@example.com.
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