* Read the safety labels on toys and follow the instructions provided.
* Choose toys that are appropriate for your child’s age. Toys for older children should be kept out of reach of their younger siblings.
* For young children, avoid getting flying toys or darts, such as arrows.
* Look for toys that are free of flying or spinning devices as they may cut, blind or hurt your child.
* Don’t choose very loud toys as they may damage your child’s hearing.
* Avoid buying toys with strings or cords as these might strangle your child.
* Choose toys without sharp edges, movable or detachable parts. Playthings should not be made from breakable materials like glass, or materials that catch fire easily.
* For young children, look out for well-made toys free from plastic parts, if possible, to prevent these small parts from detaching during rough play. Consider choosing plush toys with embroidered eyes and noses instead of hard plastic eyes and noses.
* Always choose toys that don’t topple easily. Unstable riding toys may hurt your child.
* Avoid toys that have paint as young children tend to put everything into their mouths.
* Check the condition of junior’s toys regularly ― damaged toys and hazardous parts should be repaired or discarded.
* Ensure that toys are big enough to prevent your child from swallowing them. Avoid small objects such as buttons, coins, pins or marbles, which can cause little ones to choke.
* Ensure that toys are stored away properly after play to prevent trips and falls.
* Test the toys, especially electronic ones, before you decide whether it is safe to buy.
* Remove the batteries when not in use. Batteries that are left in a toy for a long time will leak a poisonous liquid that will harm a child who comes into contact with it.
Source: The Health Promotion Board
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