kids the best way to turn off and unplug an appliance – pulling from the plug and not on the cord .
• Look for products that are nontoxic . That goes for anything that a baby might put into their mouths – and never underestimate the number of things a baby will try to put in their mouths .
Check art supplies that an older kid might get onto their skin or into their eyes on accident to make sure they say they are nontoxic .
For those who are crafty , if you build or carve your own toys , make sure any paint used to finish them with is safe for kids – non-toxic and lead free . While lead paint is banned from house paints , some paints for artists may still contain lead .
• When buying stuffed animals , make sure seams are intact and in good shape . Stuffing or pellets can cause a choking hazard for smaller children if they tear into soft toys .
Try to buy stuffed toys that say they are washable , and wash them often to prevent germs from building up .
• HealthyChildren . org warns against giving chemistry sets to kids under the age of 12 .
“ They can cause fires or explosions and may contain dangerous chemicals . Make sure your older child knows how to safely handle these kinds of toys ,” it says .
• When buying outside activity items like bicycles , skateboards , scooters , four-wheelers and the like , don ’ t skimp on the safety equipment . Find a helmet that fits the child tightly but allows for good range of sight , and look for elbow and knee pads .
All parents need to keep an eye out for what is safe to give their kids , no matter what age group they are looking for .
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