Le Bonheur offers tips for keeping holiday toys safe - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Le Bonheur offers tips for keeping holiday toys safe

When Christmas shopping for your tot, safety is an important consideration.

"We don't want that cause injury. Toys need to be fun, educational, and not cause any harm," said Susan Helms, the director of injury prevention and Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.

She said a little common sense will keep your kids safe while they play.

"You should look for toys that are very sturdy in their making," Helms said.

Make sure your child's toy is not a choking hazard. If it fits inside the plastic tube, it's too small for a young children.

If you don't have a plastic tube...a toilet paper roll works well for this test.

"Make sure we purchase a toy that goes along with a child's age and skill level," Helms added.    

And if your kids are playing, you have to play too.

"Toys should be played with in the manner in which they were designed. Kids are often curious and don't always follow the rules so that's why it's important for parents to have a handle on the situation," Helms said.

Always check to make sure there are no broken parts on the toy.

And in light of lead paint problems associated with hundreds of toy recalls, it's a good idea to get in the habit of monitoring the Consumer Product Safety Commissions website at cpsc.gov for recalled toys.

Then you and yours can have a safe and Merry Christmas.


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