Millions of parents will be looking for new toys to give their children this holiday season.
While most toys on store shelves are likely safe, safety advocates say you cannot always assume every toy is safe for your child. The Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM) released its annual "Trouble In Toyland" report on Nov. 26.
"This entire program is about making sure the toys that you have are fun and safe," said State Senator Roger Kahn, who has advocated for toy safety legislation in Michigan.
The Public Interest Research Group in Michigan says there are 4 main areas of concerns that parents should be considering before they bring toys into their homes.
1.) Beware of choking hazards: While there are safety standards for choking hazards the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan worries they are not strict enough. A spokesman says it’s possible for parts of toys to break off, and become a choking danger. He offers a simple test parents can perform
"Our advice to parents and caregivers is if a toy can fit inside a toilet paper roll, it's not suitable for children under three," said Eric Mosher, an advocate with the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan.
2.) Beware the risks of toxic chemicals like lead, phthalates, arsenic and cadmium.
3.) Beware of toys that are too noisy. Advocates say 1 in 5 children will have some sort of hearing loss by age 12. In particular, be careful with toys that will spend a lot of time close to your children's ears.
"If a toy seems too noisy for you, it might damage your child's eardrums," Eric Mosher, an advocate with the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan told Ruth to the Rescue.
4.) Beware of the potential hazards of magnets. If children swallow small, but powerful, magnets the damage to internal organs can be severe.
"The magnets bind together to one another within your intestine. They pinch the intestinal wall... you can have bleeding," said State Senator Roger Kahn.
You can do more research at this website.
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