Keep It Safe During Toy Shopping Season
(Clarksboro, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the County Office of Consumer Protection remind consumers to shop wisely for children’s toys this year and follow the guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, “Safety, age, interest and skill level are the most important factors when choosing toys this holiday season. Toys are labeled for appropriate ages, but make sure not buy toys that have small parts for children less than three years of age. Children at certain ages put everything in their mouths.” The CPSC urges consumers to buy toys that are size suitable and made of quality construction for all ages.
"Some recalled toys find their way into the marketplace even though federal law strictly prohibits the sale of any recalled item, whether a toy, household good, or holiday lighting,” said Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Freeholder Liaison to Consumer Protection. "It is important to be an educated consumer and check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for recalled items,” Barnes stated.
For clothing and other materials, check labels that specify ‘flame retardant’ or ‘flame resistant’. This label should also be on fabric products and washable hygienic materials and on stuffed toys and dolls.
Sharp Edges: avoid toys that have sharp glass or metal edges for younger children.
Small Parts: the law bans small parts in toys for children under three. This includes removable parts such as small eyes, noses on stuffed toys and small squeakers on some toys.
Cords and Strings: Toys that have long cords or strings are dangerous to all children and their playmates. The cord can become wrapped around a small child or infant’s neck, posing a strangulation hazard.
Propelled Objects: Any toy that can become a flying object can cause injury to eyes and other body parts when pointed in the wrong direction and not used as prescribed.
All darts or arrows should have a cork or rubber suction cup securely affixed to the end of the object to avoid injury.
Residents can always learn good habits by visiting the CPSC web-site at www.cpsc.gov then click on Safety Education, and then Safety Guides, for more details on other hazards before choosing a toy.
Call Gloucester County Department of Consumer Affairs at (856) 384-6855 with any questions or if you would like an investigator to come out and speak to your group on a wide range of consumer issues.