Toy Safety

At Jolly Fun House Playschools, we do our best to keep our children safe – and this means with age-appropriate toys. At home, parents must be completely hands-on as well when it comes to choosing what toys their children play with to ensure their safety. Though children will want every toy they see, this does not mean they should have every toy they see.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)), there are over 1.7 billion toys bought by Americans each year and 150,000 toy-related ER visits on average each year. This number is staggering and also means that just because a toy is being sold in stores means it’s safe for children to play with. Though babies and toddlers are of greatest concern, all children are at risk if a toy is not inspected for true safety by the parents. Age labels may be put on toy boxes but that doesn’t mean they’re safe for your child. It’s important to oversee your children while they play and follow our useful toy safety tips below.

  • Read the labels – The CPSC created a “grading scale” for various toys to help you determine if it’s safe for your child and his or her age. Even if your child seems smarter or wiser, it’s best to stay within their age range.

  • Look for safety information on the label – For fabric toys and products, make sure the toys are flame resistant/flame retardant; for toys like dolls and stuffed animals make sure they are machine washable and hygienic; for all toys make sure they are nontoxic in case your child eats or accidentally swallows a part of the toy.

  • The box or package the toy came in has not been checked for safety – So don’t let them play with it. Enough said.

Specific Toys to be Concerned About

  • Paint – Back in 2007, over a million toys made in China were recalled after finding unsafe levels of lead paint used in or on them. Look for nontoxic labels and be cautious of “hand-me down” toys that may have been recalled that you are unaware of.

  • Balloons – Children love balloons but these are one of the least safe “toys” for children to play with. Balloons are to be used for decoration at parties and events, not for children to play with around the house, as much fun as it may be. Young children have suffocated more from un-inflated or torn balloons than from any other type ever sold. Throw out balloons after celebrations. Your children will not have emotional scars from this – You’re simply protecting them.

  • Toys with cords and strings – Children could accidentally have the string entangled around their neck and become strangled.

  • Toys with small parts – Young children can accidentally choke on small parts that may be thought to be candy or just be inquisitive so they put it directly into their mouths to see what it is. If you have older children that play with toys with small parts and have a little one running around, the entire family must be extremely proactive in storing these toys away immediately after use so the little one doesn’t get into it.

  • Electric toys – This type of toy is usually not recommended for a child under 8 years of age due to battery hazards and heating temperatures. Supervise your child is under 8 years of age with electronic toys as they may want to put into their mouth or into water.

  • Sharp edges – Many toys have sharp points and edges so make sure your child doesn’t run with this type of toy in their hands. They must be supervised regardless to make sure they don’t poke their eye out, accidentally poke someone else’s eye out, or put it in their mouth.

If you are concerned about the safety of a toy, or you want to report a toy-related injury, call the CPSC at 1-800-638-2772. Stay up-to-date on toy recalls via the CPSC and Recalls.gov and get your questions and concerns answered immediately.