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December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a robust toy safety system, by requiring:

  • Testing by independent, third party laboratories around the world.
  • Enforcing stringent lead and phthalates limits for toys.
  • Imposing some of the most stringent toy standards in the world.
  • Stopping violative and dangerous toys at the ports and in the marketplace before they reach children’s hands.

    These combined efforts continue to foster the confidence of American families as they prepare to shop for toys each holiday season.

    Safety Alerts to Keep Kids Safe

    The CPSC provides free information about product safety. These alerts include guides, posters, brochures, handbooks and other materials which help spread consumer product safety information in your community. Visit for more information.

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.

    Observe Safe Toys and Gifts Month

    When it comes to toys and gifts, remember to shop safely. The excitement and desire to get children their favorite toys may cause shoppers to forget about safety factors associated with them. Therefore, before you make these purchases, remember to consider the safety and age range of the toys.

    Prevent Blindness America declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Month. The group encourages everyone to consider if the toys they wish to give are age appropriate. Also, consider if the toy suits the age and individual skills and abilities of the child who will receive it. This is especially true for infants and children under age three.

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