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    Think Toy Safety

    Public Service Announcement                                           
                                                                                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Date:  December 10, 2013

    Contact: Nancy Braden

    JCPH Health Communications

    Think Toy Safety

    Picking the perfect toy for that special child in your life can be fun. Knowing that the toy is safe and won’t cause a tragic injury is priceless. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory agency created to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths associated with some 15,000 types of consumer products, including toys. Choking on small parts, small balls and balloons remains a leading cause of toy-related deaths and injuries. Here are some tips to help you with your toy selection:

    Think Toy Safety

    • Think about toy safety when shopping for the holidays. Buy toys that are right for the child's age, interests and skill levels.
    • Look for labels to help you judge which toys might not be safe, especially for infants and children under age three. The law bans small parts in toys for children under three and requires an explicit, prominent warning label on toys with small parts for children between the ages of three and six. In addition, balls with a diameter smaller than 1.75 inches are banned for children under three years old.

    • Download JCPH Toy safety flyer
    • View toy recalls and other safety issues from the Consumer Product Safety Commission,
     Think Toy Safety or http://www.cpsc.gov 

    Nancy Braden
    Jefferson County Public Health PIO

    December 10, 2013

    Last Updated: 12-10-2013