Safe Toys for Children

Every year more than 6,700 children suffer eye injuries from toys. In fact, toys now rank as the number one cause of eye injuries in children. Fortunately, most of these injuries can be prevented. Most toys can be safe as long as they are selected appropriately for the child's age. Always consider the ages of younger siblings in the home when giving toys. What may be an age appropriate toy for one child may not be for younger children.

Important tips:

  • Children under two should not have toys with stick handles.
  • Those under six should not play with darts, arrows, sling-shots, or other missile-throwing games.
  • Toys with suction cup tips can even be unsafe in their hands.
  • Avoid purchasing toys with small parts for small children. Give the small parts a good hard tug to see if they separate easily from the toy itself. This is also a good way to check the seams on stuffed animals and bean bags.
  • Require older children or teens to wear safety goggles that meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1 standards when working or playing with chemistry sets, hobby kits, workshop tools, BB guns, and sleds.

Look for the letters ASTM. This indicates the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials.