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Safe Toys and Gifts Month 2010


December has been designated Safe Toys and Gifts Month by Prevent Blindness America, a national eye health and safety organization. During the month, doctors and health experts will urge parents and others buying gifts to use common sense and caution when choosing toys for kids.

Toys made in the United States or imported to the country must meet standards established in 1995 with the Child Safety Protection Act.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the law specifies, for example, that:

  • A ball must have a diameter of more than 1.75 inches if it is intended for use by children younger than 3 years.
  • All balls that are 1.75 inches in diameter or less must carry a warning that they are a choking hazard and not for children younger than 3 years.
  • The same cautionary warning about a choking hazard must be on any toy or game intended for kids 3 to 8 years old that contains a small ball.
  • Toys and games that contain small parts also must include this warning if they are intended for children 3 to 6 years old.
  • Latex balloons, and toys or games that contain a latex balloon, must carry a warning that children younger than 8 can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons and that adult supervision is required.

December 2010
Sources:
HealthDay, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commisison

 

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