Last updated on April 22nd, 2020 at 10:16 pm
When we purchase toys and gifts for our children, we buy them because we believe that they’re safe, that they have been rigorously tested, and that we can rest assured that they’ll have fun with them. However, despite these tests and the assumption that because they’re available to buy, these toys are perfectly safe, many toys for children don’t promote safety at all, and in some cases can result in injury and even death–a terrifying thought for any parent. If you search for toy-related injury statistics, the figures may actually shock you. From toys containing metal to toys being classified as choking hazards, the potential risk associated with many toys on the market is distressing, to say the least. So, are your kids’ toys safe? Read on to discover which toys can be dangerous for children.
Ride-on toys are great fun. They provide fun indoors and outdoors, get kids moving their bodies, and help to engage and spark their imaginations. Sadly, many ride-on toys prove to be incredibly dangerous to children, and most injuries or fatalities are the result of a lack of supervision from the parents, or children riding into roads and oncoming traffic. The best and safest option here is to only allow your child to play on a ride-on toy in an environment that is enclosed, away from roads, and only when you can supervise them directly.
We’re all familiar with the signage that reads – Danger! Small parts! Which is why anything that has a ball attached or has what appears to be small parts (whether indicated or not on the packaging) shouldn’t be given to any child under three years old. Children and babies are naturally curious, and putting things in their mouths is one way they like to satisfy that curiosity. This can lead to choking, a terrifying scenario for any parent. Pay close attention to the warning labels, and use common sense.
Magnets are lots of fun and are super interesting. Sadly, if a child were to ingest a magnet, they’re likely to require emergency medical attention and could well die. This is why anything with a magnet, even if that magnet is seemingly attached to something else on the toy, should not be given to any child who is under 13.
They’re fun, they’re colorful and you can’t picture a birthday party without them. However, balloons can be incredibly dangerous, with some children choking, suffocating and even becoming asphyxiated (with the string) by balloons. Inflated balloons without a string are safer. However, any deflated balloons should not be played with by any child under eight years old as they’re likely to suck them into their mouths when they attempt to blow them up and subsequently choke.
Toys that shoot things
Of course, if your child is firing something soft or something made of foam you many believe that it’s perfectly safe. However, if your child were to shoot it at close range into their own eye or someone else’s, then you may think differently.
Learn more about toy safety
Visit safekids.org to find out more about toy safety, get tips, learn how to childproof your home, buy the right toys for your child’s age and skill level, and check on toy recalls.