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Toy safety tips

November 25, 1998

Toy safety tips

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The Maryland Public Interest Research Group has the following recommendations for parents who want to purchase safe toys for their children:




- When buying toys for young children, check for small parts that may choke or cords that may strangle. Toys with small parts, balls or marbles are banned for sale if intended for a child under 3.

- Use the no-choke tube test. If small parts on a toy can fit entirely through a toilet paper tube then it isn't safe for a small child. If you are unsure of the durability of a toy that may break into small parts, don't buy it.

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- Balloons are a choking hazard. Always supervise children with balloons, inflated or not.

- Be careful of small balls, marbles and ball-like objects.

- Examine crib toys for possible strangulation hazards, look at the labeling of the toy and the length of any cords or strings. Crib gyms should be removed from the bed when babies can get up on their hands and knees. Cords should not be longer than six inches.

- Toys with projectiles can lacerate skin or blind or deafen a child who is struck in the eye or ear.

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