December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Each year, thousands of children suffer toy-related accidents, including eye injuries, hearing loss, cuts and bruises, and choking. If you are wondering how to keep your holidays safe and jolly, we have some resources for you! Check out the links below for tips and advice on how to buy safe toys, and what to look for when inspecting new toys that you receive as gifts.
For Kids’ Sake: Think Toy Safety (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
This 2-page handout provides tips for thinking about safety when buying, maintaining, and storing toys.
Safety Toy Checklist (Prevent Blindness)
This checklist provides tips for selecting and inspecting toys to help protect children’s eyesight.
Able Play Toy Guide (Able Play)
Able Play provides a rating system and information for toys for children of all abilities. The site also provides a new toy guide to make play accessible for everyone.
Choosing Safe Toys (KidsHealth)
This article provides information on choosing age-appropriate toys, toy safety in the home, and how to report unsafe toys.
Safety Education Resources: Toys (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Includes links to different education resources including toy safety alerts, guides for buying and selling toys, and posters.