How to Choose Safe Toys

Toys can endanger the health and safety of children. But what are the pitfalls that lie in toys? Among the most frequent causes, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health, the inhalation of small components are the most likely to endanger life. We must not neglect also the wounds produced by toys broken down to pieces or components causing allergic reactions in blood. On the website of the Ministry of Health, there is consultation posted that alarm consumers on individual models of toys, it has also published a handbook with advice on choosing a safe toy.

How to Choose Safe Toys

  1. Each toy must be marked to ensure compliance with European standards. The CE mark is mandatory across Europe and shows that the article is in compliance with the regulations. This mark, which certifies full observance of the law 313, shall be affixed only directly by the manufacturer or by a certification body, accredited by the Ministry of Manufacture. Although the CE mark does not guarantee safety from all risks, buying toys that do not come with it is strongly disencouraged.
  2. Toys powered with electricity are absolutely prohibited. The greatest security of the child is necessary, therefore, choose those toys powered by battery. In the case of electric toys (trains, irons, ovens etc.) must be able to operate only through external transformer with safety device at low voltage (24 volts maximum). In addition to the CE mark shall be affixed to the quality mark Institute IMQ. In any case, it is prudent to supervise your child when they play with these electrical mechanisms.
  3. Respect the age range indicated on the package. For the characteristics of the materials and size of the removable components, a safe toy for an age range, can be very dangerous to a lower age range.
  4. Attention to the materials used. In the case of toys or stuffed animals, in addition to the CE mark, it is advisable to check that the materials are of high quality (hairs that don’t come off, eyes and nose fixed in an anti-tear manner, seams, short belts and padding that would not disintegrate) and are not flammable. The child submits the toy a maximal stress test and has a natural tendency and curiosity to see what’s inside, so they can become eager to crack the case and to explore their contents, often bringing it to his mouth. Hard plastic parts such as doll eyes and nose can be inhaled and cause suffocation.
  5. Ensure that the size of all the toys and/or detachable parts are such that they cannot be inhaled or swallowed. If it is a plastic toy, make sure it is made from ABS, which is more expensive, but with the distinction of being non-inflammable. Often counterfeit toys are made of plastic, dangerous for possible injuries to the skin and mucous membranes, which are among their many flaws, and they are highly flammable.
  6. Avoid toys with sharp edges or points. If the material was metal, make sure the edges are properly “trimmed” and that there is no rust or rust spots. Periodically check the condition and damages on toys that are already in the house for some time. The initial harmless characteristics could have rendered hazardous after a period of use. In this case, you should dispose them.
  7. For mechanical toys, check that the gears are well protected and not accessible to the child. Skin pinching and joints trapping in the gears are very painful, sometimes ending in major physical injuries.
  8. Weapon toys, designed for children, should only use projectiles supplied by the manufacturer. Arrows and darts should have a rounded end, possibly corked or protected with a suction cup that’s not removable. You should avoid these toys, which should address a higher age range, from falling into the hands of kids under the age range, for the risk of eye damage from misuse.
  9. Canvas tents and huts should not have automatic closing devices (for example, zippers or buttons). Support systems should be plastic, lightweight and easy to assemble. The stability of cottage or tent should be reliable even for sudden and violent movements, which can happen during the game.
  10. Verify that the package be accompanied by instructions on the assembly models. By itself, this feature ensures the toy as “safe”. Provided it is clear, read the instruction carefully together with the child, thereby combining the joy for the new gift, or your child may “launch” the new toy together with a family member or a friend.


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