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How to Tell If Toys Are Safe

Keep your child’s safety your top priority by following these tips on toy safety.


  • 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 or
  • 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

  • Research
  • Internet access
  • Empty toilet paper roll (optional)

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