Just in time for the holidays, W.A.T.C.H., World Against Toys Causing Harm, has released their picks of worst toys for 2012. Among the biggest concerns for unsafe toys are choking hazards, magnets, and toxic toys. From 1990 – 2010, the U.S. Public Research Interest Group reports over 400 children dying from toy injuries, and over half of those result from choking. When buying toys for your children, always follow a safety checklist:
- Make sure the toys are safe for all the children in the house – a seven year olds’ toy could have dangerous parts for a two year old sibling.
- Be aware of toys with magnetic parts and strangulation hazards, including toys with cords and strings.
- Test the volume of a toy to make sure it isn’t too loud – children have sensitive ears and loud toys can permanently damage hearing.
- Stay away from painted toys as they can be potentially toxic to children.
If you’re buying toys online this year, be extra cautious when those toys are delivered. Safety warning and recommended age of use can differ from the manufacturers and suppliers, so be sure to thoroughly inspect all toys for small parts and potential unlisted hazards.
For More Information:
- 10 Worst Toys List, WATCH
- Toys to avoid this Christmas, CBC News
- Before You Buy A Toy For Your Child – Toy Safety Checklist, About.com
- Toy safety during the holidays, Health Canada