Safety Lessons on Educational Toys

If you find it hard to believe that toddler toys can turn into monsters out to harm your child, think again. Out in in the stalls in some toy stores are frightening monsters posing as harmless toys. This might bear resemblance to the plot of the movie Transformers, but your child will not be expecting a hero robot for a partner. In fact, your child’s health and well-being are at stake when he gets near these dangerous toys.

According to government authorities and as confirmed by various consumer protection groups, substandard toys are out in the market and their number keeps on growing. This has been the result of the practice of some irresponsible toy manufacturers who find it convenient for their business to outsource their labor. Cheap labor is the reason why these companies have their toys made in countries like China. This scheme may prove to be good for their business but surely is inimical to the well-being of their customers.

Some of the products have been found to be covered with lead paint and other toxic chemicals following a rigorous product testing. Experts concluded that it is not much of a wonder why toys from China are substandard considering the country’s lack of necessary laws on labor and consumer protection. Parent should only buy toys that are certified as safe by health authorities.

Parent should also be very careful in choosing the right toddler toy. The following tips will surely help.

- Make sure that the toy is hazard proof by double checking for any signs of sloppy work.
- Read the labels and follow the safety regulations particularly concerning age limit.
- Refrain from buying electronic toys for toddlers.
- Avoid toys that have small parts for infants and toddlers.
- Be wary of toys with sharp edges.

The tips mentioned above are only good in so far as avoiding mechanical, heat, and electronic hazard is concerned. Toys do have chemical hazard as well particularly those toys that are suspected to contain chemicals or are suspected to be covered with lead paint. Lead and other toxic chemicals are very harmful when ingested by infants and toddlers. Parents should be extra careful when dealing with chemical hazard because it is hardly identifiable by mere visual inspection alone. Parents should seek the assistance of experts when confronted by this type of hazard.

Getting the right information about hazardous toys at the right time will give the parents the upper hand against any threat that these toys may present. Government agencies and private organizations concerned consumer welfare provide brochures and seminars to help parents and the public in general know about toxic chemicals in consumer products.

In the case of toddler toys, toy magazines can be a good source of valuable information about toy safety. Aside from giving parents an overview of the toy industry as well as the latest trend in toy fashion, toy magazines also feature columns on consumer goods criticism which often discuss about experiences about using a particular brand of toy.

It is not yet too late, go and check the quality of the toy that is right under your child’s bed.