The Friday Five – Safe Toys and Gifts Month
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December is a time of gift giving for most Americans so it only makes sense to use this time of year to promote toy safety. When purchasing gifts for the children in our lives it is easy to get swept away with the latest toy craze or become mesmerized by all of the fun choices on store shelves. This week’s Friday Five seeks to reign us in a bit and provide some tips and advice for choosing not only a great gift, but a safe one as well.
Safer Together: CPSC and CBP Collaborate to Keep Unsafe Toys Off Store Shelves
One way to avoid injury from unsafe children’s products is to stop them from entering the United States in the first place. Within recent years, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (@CustomsBorder) have joined forces to detect and detain shipments of toys and children’s products at the ports from coast to coast helps to create a safer marketplace for holiday shoppers. In addition to inspections at U.S. ports, CPSC also enforces strong safety standards and trains manufacturers at home and overseas about safety requirements.
Holiday Shopping Tips that Support the Economy and Keep You Safe
In addition to seizing unsafe toys from our nation’s ports, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents also search for fake products. You may think the only harm done when purchasing a counterfeit item is in getting rooked, however fake products are often made of inferior materials, manufactured under uncontrolled and unsanitary conditions, and labeled with false information. As a result, they can threaten the health and safety of the people who buy them, or receive them as a gift.
— CBP (@CustomsBorder) November 29, 2016
Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month — Because Ralphie’s mom was right
According to the National Eye Institute (@NatEyeInstitute), eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in America. To avoid eye and other toy related mishaps, check out the advice from #Optos, a company created by a dad whose son lost his sight in one eye at age 5.
W.A.T.C.H. Reveals Nominees for “10 Worst Toys” For 2016 Holiday Season
In case you are feeling overwhelmed by decisions this holiday season, the child safety group, World Against Toys Causing Harm (@WATCHsafety), did some leg work for you and recently released its annual list of the most dangerous toys. Scroll through their slideshow of toys that missed the mark when it comes to safety this holiday season.
The Good Housekeeping Toy Awards 2016
In order to alleviate some of your stress and decision making this holiday season, Good Housekeeping recently released their toy awards for 2016. All of their recommendations are kid tested and CPSC approved so you can be sure they’re both fabulously fun and safe!