Product Safety and Smart Shopping for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing, and for the parents of young children, maintaining safety now and throughout the year remains a priority. As holiday and birthday celebrations, and other life events often result in the exchange of small toys and games, it is always important to choose gifts with caution to ensure their safety, proper usage, and to have the recipient happy with their gift!

Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and the Consumer Product Safety Act, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has set safety regulations for certain toys, which must be adhered to by manufacturers in order to prevent hazardous products from being sold. In addition, the CPSC has created toy safety tips to help consumers select the best gift for their or other children; tips include looking for any safety labels and reading labels to ensure that the toy is age appropriate. The CPSC also suggests that consumers keep in mind the child's age, interests and skill level when selecting a toy.

As much focus is given to the toy selection process, the same must be dedicated to the maintenance and storage of toys to ensure the overall safety of children who might play or come into contact with them. The CPSC urges consumers to check toys occasionally to ensure they are working properly, and also to pay special attention to outdoor toys, which should be inspected regularly for rust or weak parts that could become hazardous.

Product Safety and Smart Shopping for the Holiday SeasonParental supervision is perhaps the most effective tool in preventing any child safety hazards. Surely many parents can attest to the fact that there will be times when they are not able to supervise their child or children, but it is always important for parents or guardians, especially of smaller children, to ensure that toys are being used properly during playtime. Even with the best toy selection process and supervision, and also the CPSC regulations, some toys still present hazards to children. Organizations such as Safe Kids Worldwide, with focuses that range from serious to not so serious injuries, provide consumers and parents with a wide range of resources geared toward the safety and prevention of unintentional injuries. Safe Kids Worldwide also keeps track of recalls of children's products; that list is updated throughout the year.

As you head into the New Year, and your little ones start to play with all their new toys and continue to play with the old ones, make sure to keep in mind these tips to keep your little ones safe! If you think that you or your child has suffered as a result of a hazardous product, contact Cooney and Conway today to learn about how we can help. Call toll free 800-322-5573 to speak with a knowledgeable representative.

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http://www.safekids.org/december-2014-childrens-product-recalls
http://www.safekids.org/what-we-do
http://www.safekids.org/december-2014-childrens-product-recalls

Arnethia M. Ellis is the Complaints Paralegal at Cooney and Conway.   In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and all things fashion!