We are lucky in the West, or most of it anyway, because the European Community, north America and Canada have strict regulations on how safe children’s toys must be. Despite this, there are lots of unscrupulous people about who will import cheap junk toys that could be dangerous to children, which means that anyone purchasing kids’ toys has to have their wits about them.
Having said that, the larger stores do do their best to weed out the rogue suppliers and in fact most of the unsafe children’s toys are found out about before they go on sale. Be cautious in discount shops and outdoor markets though.
Once you get your safe children’s toys home, the time to be wary starts. This is because most accidents in the home involving toys do not happen to the person that the toys were purchased for. This is because adults trip over them. The stairs are the worst
The first thing that anyone buying toys must look for is the label. In the United States this is known as the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and in Europe it is known as the Certificat European (CE). However, be cautious, because these labels can be forged very easily.
If you are not used to purchasing toys for children, the next indicator to look for is the age range for which the toy is intended. Typically the marker will give 5+ or 7-12, so you still have to exercise some judgment.
Educational toys are vital to children and one of the best of these that you can build on as the child gets older is Lego. Duplo is the form of Lego that is most suited to very young children. This is because Duplo building blocks are larger that the standard Lego building blocks so that small hands can manage them easily.
One of the worst dangers for very young children is choking. Young children put everything into their mouths but Lego has manufactured these Duplo building blocks too large to swallow.
As your child gets older, you can add to the Lego set right up to adulthood. There are Lego electric motors for teenagers and there are numerous adults that have continued using Lego well past their Twenties.
If however your child does have an mishap with a toy, you should strive to find out how it happened immediately after seeing to your child. If the accident was obviously the child’s fault or someone else’s, you can report it if you like, but if the problem came about because of a problem or failure inherent in the toy, you should report it.
The first place to report the toy is to the local authorities and then you should inform the manager of the shop where you purchased it from. Keep the toy until the wheels of bureaucracy turn enough to get around to you
They will get back to you and you might save other children and their parents from going through the same problems that you did.
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