As you are out shopping, spending time with family, or whatever you do for the holiday season, here are some safety tips from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*
• Don’t buy toys that shoot or include parts that fly off, or toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods or edges.
• Choose toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous pieces, and be sure toys are suitable for a child’s ability and age.
• Don’t give toys with small parts to young children, because they tend to put things in their mouths. And avoid toys with long strings or cords, especially for babies and very young children.
• Dispose of uninflated or broken balloons immediately.
• Read all warnings and instructions on the package, and always supervise children and show them how to use their toys safely.
• Look for the letters “ASTM.” This designation means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
• Supervise young children at all times, particularly when they are eating and playing.
• Make sure any choking hazards, harmful drinks, household chemicals and toys are kept where children can’t reach them.
• Learn how to help a child who is choking.
• Set safety rules.
*Reprinted from healthfinder.gov