Recently, I read an email about a list of dangerous toys published by the non-profit organization World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., or W.A.T.C.H. This list of ten toys is published annually around the holidays.
W.A.C.T.H. also publishes a standing list of toy safety hazards, which describe features of a toy that can make it particularly dangerous.
Toy Hazards to avoid include:
Secondhand toys sold over the Internet, since they often lack packaging and packaging inserts that contain warnings, directions, or other safety information.
Battery operated toys for children under 8, since batteries may leak or overheat and explode.
Toys with fur or hair, which can be ingested and cause choking.
Toys with small, easily removed attachments, which can present choking hazards.
Projectile toys and toys that shoot since they can cause eye injuries that may lead to blindness.
Toys with pointed tips or sharp edges because there is a chance off a child cutting himself or herself.
Toys with strings longer than 6 inches, since a young child could wrap the cord around his or her neck and choke.
Toys designed to be strung between or across two cribs or playpens, since these toys present choking hazards.
Toys that are marketed with other products or product lines, since they often do not come with instructions, age recommendations, or warnings.
Toys which are flammable and may ignite when placed near flame.Realistic looking toy guns and other weapons, which may promote violence.
Electrical and electronic toys, because the stepdown transistors may malfunction and cause injury.
Toys with small parts, which can present choking hazards.
Toys with long handles since children under 4 have a tendency to put the handles in their mouths and choke.
Toys with toxic substances or components since a child may ingest a part of it or may develop a rash. A common example of this are home makeup kits that contain ferrocyanide, a known poison.
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