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December is Safe Toys & Gifts Month

Please join us at the County Library in Westampton on Saturday, December 16, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm for lead toy testing. A representative from the Health Department will be present to test children's toys for the presence of lead. 

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States — 72% were to children younger than 15. And in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.

When it comes to toys and gifts, the excitement and desire to get your children their favorite toys may cause shoppers to forget about safety factors associated with them. Before you make these purchases, it is important to remember to consider the safety and age range of the toys.

For toy recalls, go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for the most up-to-date information. 

For information about lead hazards in toys and jewelry, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Lead in Toys webpage. 

This holiday season (and beyond), please consider the following guidelines for choosing safe toys for all ages, especially infants and children under age three: 
  • Inspect all toys before purchasing. Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off. Toys should have no sharp edges or points and should be sturdy enough to withstand impact without breaking.
  • Check all toys your child receives. Check them for appropriate age and skill level before allowing them to be played with.
  • Gifts of sports equipment should be accompanied with protective gear, and enforce wearing it every time.
  • Keep kids safe from lead in toys! Educate yourself about lead exposure, symptoms of lead poisoning, and what kinds of toys are being recalled. Follow the CDCs recommended lead screening schedule.
  • Do not give children toys with small parts (including magnets and “button” batteries, which can cause serious injury or death if ingested or stuck in other orifices. If the piece can fit inside a toilet paper roll, it is not safe for kids under age three.
  • Do not give toys with ropes and cords or heating elements.
  • Do not give crayons and markers unless they are labeled ”nontoxic”.