Toy Safety

Tips

At the store:

  • Check and follow age guidance and other safety information on packaging (age grading is based mostly on safety and not on how smart a child may be)
  • Avoid toys with small parts for children under age three (3) and children who mouth toys
  • Inspect toys at the store, looking for sturdy parts and tightly secured joints
  • Make sure that batteries in toys are firmly enclosed and inaccessible to children
  • For children under 18 months of age, avoid toys with strings, straps or cords longer than twelve (12) inches
  • Check to see that plush (stuffed) toys have age-appropriate features such as embroidered or secured eyes and noses for younger children and seams that are reinforced to withstand an older child’s play
  • Avoid toys with sharp points or rough edges, especially for younger children
  • Shop at a reputable retailer you know and trust
 

Once the packages are opened:

  • Read instructions carefully; save directions, warranties and assembly hardware
  • Role play the right way to use the toy or game and explain to your child the importance of proper use
  • Dispose of all unnecessary toy packaging and gift-wrap as soon as possible (piles of discarded gift-wrap can conceal sharp objects or the edges of hard plastic packaging that can cut small fingers)
  • Store toys safely in an easily accessible storage bin; lidded toy storage should be non-locking and have special safety features such as air holes, spring-loaded hinges and clearances at the hinges to make sure little fingers won’t get caught
  • Keep a separate toy chest for older children whose toys may contain small parts; enlist their help in keeping their toys out of reach of younger siblings
 

Throughout the year:

  • Engage grandparents and caregivers in a discussion about toys and safe play; help them become familiar with these toy safety tips and the importance of age- and interest-appropriate toys
  • Be a good role model for the safe use of toys and stay engaged in active adult supervision of children at play
  • Keep plush (stuffed) toys out of the cribs of infants and younger children
  • Keep toys organized and off stairs or high-traffic areas in your home
  • Keep toys away from unsupervised areas (pools, bathtubs, driveways or streets with traffic) so they don’t lure a child into a dangerous situation
  • Engage older children in keeping their toys away from younger siblings
  • Inspect toys regularly and repair (or replace) damaged or broken parts immediately
 

Recalls

Toy safety is our top priority.  One benefit from purchasing a toy from us and joining our Customer Club is if that toy ever becomes part of a toy recall, you will get contacted immediately.  We consider our customers as friends and family and we are always on the watch for recalls through noticiations of government agencies. 

As well we are a Neighborhood Toy Stores of Canada member and American Specialty Toy Retail Association member (ASTRA) who help us in sourcing quality toys. 

At any time you can go onto either the Canadian or US recall websites to see for yourself:

Canadian Toy Safety Website: Government of Canada

US Recalls Website: United States 

Consumer Product Safety Commision: CPSC