Have fun BUT BE SAFE

Tis the season of toys, fun, twinkling eyes and dreams come true under a sparkly tree, menorah or festivus poll. As parents though we know we have to be ever vigilant about the safety of our kids. With that in mind I’d like to turn off the snark-o-matic and bring you some important information from NSF International. 

They area not-for-profit, public health and safety organization that has been testing products for chemical safety for more than 65 years.

They have provided us with a list of things to look out for this holiday season.

1.       Be Wary of Stores That Carry Discontinued/Older Merchandise.
This holiday season, one in three toys tested still contains harmful chemicals and 18 percent of toys tested still contain lead.  Toys sold that were manufactured prior to recent legislation could still contain high lead content or other harmful chemicals.
2.       Be a Savvy Second-Hand Store Shopper 
Inspect the toys to verify that they are in good condition and contain all original instructions for proper use. Recommendation: Be very careful when purchasing used toys.  (Worth noting: Most donation houses (e.g., The Salvation Army) are no longer accepting toys).
  1. Educate Yourself About Recent Toy RecallsCheck the Consumer Product Safety Commission web site (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html) to verify which toys have been recalled. Toy manufacturers also post additional testing information regarding their toys on their web site.
    4.   Consider Getting the Kids That Shiny New Toy, After All
    New federal laws have paved the way for safer toy testing requirements. Buying your kids new toys improves the chances that the product they’re using are safer. NSF International has tested and certified that Sprig Toys and Green Toys are two examples of manufacturers producing products that meet new Federal laws.
    5.       Purchase items that are appropriate for your child’s age and ability level.
    Most toys will contain an age grade label, such as 12 months +, or 3+.  Use this as a guideline to find developmentally appropriate toys for your child’s given age. 
    6.       Read the Safety Warning Labels 
    These labels are used to caution consumers about potential hazards associated with the product (flammability, small pieces/choking hazards, etc.).  Products with small parts, small balls or marbles can be particularly dangerous to children under 3 years old. 
    7.       Listen to Toys that Make Noise to make sure they’re appropriate for your child.
Have a SAFE and HAPPY HOLIDAY Nuggetiers! I’ll be back tomorrow with ONE MORE GIVEAWAY then I’m taking a break until Christmas Eve EVE when I’ll announce the latest batch of winners. ME I’m ALWAYS A WINNER cuz I’ve got YOU BABE-S!   

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