One of the most frightening realizations as a parent is that your children’s toys could potentially harm them. Choking hazards are virtually everywhere when it comes to products geared toward young audiences. How can you keep your child protected? The simple answer is remaining vigilant.
Very young children like toddlers have a certain knack for ‘tasting’ anything and everything, presenting a pretty unique challenge to their parents. Although choking deaths are extremely rare, there are nearly a dozen cases reported in America each year. At least 157 children have asphyxiated from a toy or toy part between 1990 and 2004.
According to reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the leading cause of death by choking was caused by small balls or toy parts. The CSPC has imposed regular sanctions upon the market since 1979. While the system is responsible for many important recalls, no system is perfect.
Caretakers must be sure that toys intended for older audiences are strictly kept away from children under the age of three. Federal regulations stipulate that warning labels must be placed on toys intended for children between the ages of three and six if they present a choking hazard.
What’s the best way to keep your child protected? Become familiar with warning labels before purchasing toys. Warning under the Child Safety Protection Act are associated with,
- Toys designed for children between ages three and six contain small parts.
- Small balls for children above the age of three with diameters less than 1.75 inches.
- Toys for children older than three that contain small balls.
- Marbles, balloons, etc.
Do you research ahead of time and always inspect toys before introducing them to your child. Pay attention to consumer recall events and make sure you regularly monitor your child’s playtime whenever possible. Always keep a vigilant eye as a parent.