HEALTH FEATURE ARCHIVE
Safe Toys, Gifts & Tips - For The Holidays
As families gather for the holidays, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers that dangerous children's products may still be in their homes. Grandparents dust off old playpens; older children often share their toys with younger relatives; and keepsakes are stored in old cedar chests. The CPSC (and MedicineNet.com) wants to prevent these holiday traditions from becoming tragedies. Despite recall notices and public warnings, CPSC has found that many products with the potential to seriously injure or kill are still being used by consumers. Families should check whether old products have been recalled and place them out of the reach of children. Manufacturers will usually offer a free repair kit or replacement product.
The following tips will help consumers choose appropriate toys:
Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (http://www.cdc.gov)
Last Editorial Review: 11/30/2004