While Black Friday 2016 in north central Ohio may be behind us, the holiday shopping season has just begun.
Christmas is a time especially for children and for children this means toys. Each year more than 3 billion toys and games are sold in the United States with 65 percent of these sales occurring between Thanksgiving and the day before Christmas. Although toys are fun and educational they can be dangerous. Poorly designed and constructed toys, or toys that are inappropriate for your child’s level of development can cause serious injury, and in some cases, death. Richland Public Health and Safe Kids USA have offered the following tips and suggestions:
If there is an age warning, stick to the recommendation. Do not buy “older” toys for young children.
Richland Public Health cautions toy buyers to be aware of items with painted surfaces that may contain lead paint. The Health Department and Safe Kids USA suggests consumers sign up to receive products recalls with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov).
For questions or concerns about lead paint in toys, call the Environmental Health Division at the Health Department, 419-774-4520.