It’s a fact that all kids love toys. There are few ways that you can better reward your little one than by giving him or her a treat that they can pass the hours with and enjoy themselves. Lots of new toys are safe, but it’s always handy to remember that some are potentially hazardous to your loved one and could result in slips, trips and falls or injuries.
How do I make sure my child avoids trips and falls and other dangers when buying toys?
As a parent or loved one to a child, chances are that you will be buying them a gift at some point. Whether that would be small toys for kids, or a large outdoor piece of equipment considerations have to be taken when making a purchase. Check out our guideline to help with the process:
- Age Requirements – When buying a toy for a little one it is important to adhere to age-related specifications. It can be dangerous to provide a toddler or baby with an item aimed at a child due to the presence of small parts – potential choking hazards. Most items come with guidelines, but if you are not sure either ask a member of staff in the shop or research the product online.
- CE Marking – The CE symbol determines whether or not a product is fit for sale within the EU. The majority of items on sale in shops adhere to all legislation, but it is important to check any product being purchased online. Some toys can be from other areas of the world where safety criteria could differ, and may leave children vulnerable.
- Space – When planning a big purchase, it’s always wise to check if there is available space to safely assemble and operate the equipment. If items are crammed into an unsuitable area the risk of trips and falls is increased, and thus the likelihood of injury is enlarged.
- Toxic Toys – Some toys are filled with, or incorporate sections of, fluid or chemicals. It’s best to avoid these at all costs to reduce the likelihood of harm or slips and trips on loose liquid or parts.
Toys may seem fairly harmless, and in most cases they are, but consideration should always be taken when purchasing. Children may be unaware of potential dangers, so it is wise to minimise any risk when purchasing small toys for kids.
Date Published: November 10, 2013
Author: David Brown