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Keep the Holidays Fun – Gift Safe Toys

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

December 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Keep the Holidays Fun – Gift Safe Toys

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Communications Office
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Tallahassee, Fla.-Choosing the perfect gift for someone is one of the best parts of the holidays. Although gifts are always given with good intentions, they can sometimes carry unanticipated or even hazardous consequences. While considering what to get for the children in your life this holiday season, be thoughtful in your selections to avoid toy-related risk and injuries. Safeguarding children from unsafe toys is not only the responsibility of the parents, but those giving presents to children as well.

Remember, toys should be selected based upon the age, interest and skill level of the child. Follow these simple tips to ensure that your gift is a safe gift:

  • Read all labels on the toy or package to make sure that the toy is appropriate for the child’s age, and make sure to look for any warning or safety labels;
  • Choose toys that feel sturdy and won’t break easily;
  • To avoid choking hazards, don’t give young children toys with small parts or toys that could be easily placed in the mouth; and
  • When choosing equipment like bicycles and skateboards, make sure to provide properly fitting safety gear like helmets, elbow pads and knee pads.

Before you let the gift giving commence, being armed with the proper toy precautions and safety measures will make sure you are providing children with presents that will cause more joy than harm. For more information visit Choosing Safe Toys this Holiday. You can also visit Safe Kids Worldwide for additional information regarding toy safety.

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