Every year, around 180,000 children under the age of 15 are treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries. Many more children experience minor injuries every day from the toys that are supposed to be fun. Child care providers are responsible for making sure that the toys they provide to children are safe. Here are a few general safety tips.

  • Choose toys which are age-appropriate. Follow age guidelines on the packaging and be cautious if you care for mixed age groups.
  • Always supervise children's play to make sure they are using the toys as intended.
  • Choose toys that are made from materials that are non-toxic and durable.
  • Make sure toys for children under the age of three do not pose a choking hazard. Toys should be at least 1.25" wide and 2.25" long.
  • Balloons, small magnets, riding toys, and toys making loud noises or having moving parts can pose special dangers. Make sure batteries, especially button batteries, are inaccessible.
  • Store toys such that they are easy for children to put away on their own.
  • Keep toys cleaned and sanitized.
  • Be aware of toy recalls.

If you have questions about toy safety, please give our program a call at 425.252.5415. We would love to be of assistance.

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