Toy Safety

Toys and games are tons of fun for kids and adults. Whether your kids are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks or even inventing their own games, here are a few things to think about to help them stay safer and have a blast.

Toy Safety

Selecting Toys

Here are some tips to help you select the perfect gift.

Toy Recalls

If you buy toys secondhand or get hand-me-downs, visit www.recalls.gov to make sure the toy hasn’t been recalled for safety reasons. If a new toy comes with a product registration card, mail it in so the manufacturer can contact you if the item is ever recalled.   Report safety concerns about toys to the CPSC at 800-638-2772 or www.cpsc.gov. Your experience could be part of a pattern that might lead to a recall.

Shop Safely

It is estimated that more than 20,000 children ages five and under are injured by shopping carts each year in the United States, according to the CPSC. Falls are the most common cause of shopping-cart related injury in children of this age group, accounting for 83 percent of all injuries. Tip-overs and children colliding with the shopping cart are other causes of injury.

Top five ways to avoid shopping-cart injuries: