- Step 1: Check packaging Check the toy’s packaging for the manufacturer’s recommended age before purchasing.
- Step 2: Check UL approved Check all electronic toys to see if they are UL approved.
- TIP: The label should indicate that Underwriter Laboratories approved it.
- Step 3: Check for recalls Check for recalls online at www.recalls.gov or www.cpsc.gov
- Step 4: Avoid small parts Avoid toys with small and removable parts, which can pose a choking hazard.
- TIP: Any toy that can fit in an empty toilet paper roll is too small for a child younger than 3 years.
- Step 5: Inspect batteries Inspect toys with batteries to make sure they are not exposed or leaking.
- Step 6: Inspect toys Inspect toys on a regular basis to see if any pieces are broken.
- Step 7: Use only nontoxic Ensure all crayons, paints, and markers are nontoxic. Supervise playtime to keep your child safe.
- FACT: On November 27, 2005, a scale model train set a record for being the largest at 361 feet, 10 inches.
You Will Need
- Internet access
- Empty toilet paper roll (optional)