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How can I know if I am buying a safe toy that meets the established standards? This is a question most parents ask themselves when they go to a store to buy a gift for their child. The associations that defend the interests of consumers warn everyone to be very careful when shopping, especially during Christmas.
When buying and giving a toy, it is advisable to follow some guidelines:
- Pay attention to the labels on the toys. They must necessarily bear: the "CE" mark, which means that the product complies with the safety regulations of the European Community; the name and brand of the product; the business name and address of the manufacturer or importer; instructions and warnings for use; And, in the case of electric toys, their maximum power, the supply voltage they require and their energy consumption must be specified.
- Check the label. Find out about the age for which the use of the toy is recommended.
- Check its quality. If you buy a doll, stuffed animal or similar toy, check that the eyes, ears, etc. are well sewn or glued, without danger of coming off.
- Warnings. If you buy kites or other flying toys, which carries a warning that it should not be used near power lines, or if you buy nautical toys, there are tips that it can be used in the water, and always under the supervision of an adult. And games with chemical experiences, aimed at people over 10 years of age, must contain a warning that they contain dangerous substances.
- Pay attention to the instructions and warnings of the battery chargers. Some lack mechanisms to prevent overheating, and batteries can also be the cause of serious accidents.
- Safety plug. Toys that use electric current must have a safety plug.
- Avoid toys that have sharp edges, sharp or pointed, mainly for children under eight years of age.
- Support. Notice that the "whistle" of the rubber toys that sound cannot be dislodged and swallowed. It must be made all in one piece.
- Precautions. Be careful with the toys that look like real food. Children can try to eat them.
- Avoid accidents. For children under the age of six, avoid toys that contain small parts. The toy must be large enough so that it cannot be swallowed.
- Unbreakable materials. Baby toys must be made of materials that will not break. In addition, those that are painted or varnished should be avoided.
- Security on the move. Toys on wheels, scooters or skates should always be used accompanied by a helmet and a proper safety equipment to the size of the little one.
- Projectiles. The projectile toys They are not suitable for young children. Improper use of these toys could cause serious injury to the child's eyes.
- Batteries and batteries. The task of charging a toy's batteries should always be supervised by an adult. Don't let your young child handle batteries or adapters.
- Be careful with the packaging. Once the gifts are opened, discard all plastic wrap to prevent them from becoming harmful items to play with.
- Commission for the Safety of Consumer Products (CPSC)
- Eroski Foundation
- Safe Toy Project
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