Sinclair Cares: Safe toys & gifts
One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every 3 minutes for a toy-related injury, according to a consumer product safety group.
Working with our parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, we want you to be empowered to make sure the toys you're buying this holiday season are safe.
Joan Lawrence, the senior vice president of safety affairs for The Toy Association, 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 as a guide. If the smallest parts fits into the roll, it's too small for kids ages three and under. "You can still get the products just keep them away from the younger kids," said Lawrence.
You can look on a package and see its marked, keep an eye out for those labels.
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, to 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," said 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.
If you would like to check on toy recalls before you shop, go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website by clicking here.
You can also go to playsafe.org to learn more about choosing age appropriate toys and how to ensure safe play.