President Bush signed into law a bill banning lead and other toxic chemicals in children's toys. The bill also gives states the ability to enforce consumer safety laws, creates a public product safety database and requires audits of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Thanks in part to the significant input of the Sierra Club's Toxics Committee, co-chaired by Tom Neltner and Jessica Frohman, the United States now has the strictest toy safety law in the world.
See what else we're doing to protect our communities from toxic chemicals. For more information regarding plastic products visit: sierraclub.org/toxics
The following tips will help you choose appropriate toys this holiday season -- and all year round:
TOY SAFETY TIPS
Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills, and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards to younger children.
For infants, toddlers, and all children who still mouth objects, avoid toys with small parts which could pose a fatal choking hazard.
For all children under age eight, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.
Do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under age eight.
Be a label reader. Look for labels that give age recommendations and use that information as a guide.
Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly secured eyes, noses, and other potential small parts.
Check instructions for clarity. They should be clear to you, and when appropriate, to the child.
Discard plastic wrappings on toys immediately, which can cause suffocation, before they become deadly playthings.
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