Safe Kids Midlands
Palmetto Health Richland
7 Richland Medical Park Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
PHONE (803) 434-2955
FAX (803) 434-7379
Play is the work of children. Toys are like their tools for learning and growing. Ensure that your children can safely play by following some basic guidelines. Carefully select the toys you give your children. Keep toys in good condition. And, most importantly, play with your kids and your children will be safe as they learn and play.
Prevent injuries from occurring by supervising your kids play. Your child's favorite activity is when you play, too. When that is not possible, have your child play near you so you can supervise his/her activities.
Other ways to protect your family:
When selecting toys, consider the child's age, interests and skill level. Follow age and safety recommendations on labels.
Inspect toys regularly for damage and potential hazards such as sharp edges.Repair or throw away damaged toys.
Eliminate potential hazards:
Use mylar balloons instead of latex to eliminate the risk of choking
Avoid toys with sharp points or edges and projectiles (such as darts).
Toys with strings, straps or cords longer than 7 inches can strangle children. Do not purchase them.
Electrical toys are a potential burn hazard. Avoid toys with a heating element for children under age 8.
Toy cap guns use caps that can be ignited by the slightest friction and cause serious burns.
Teach your child safety:
Ensure that toys are used in a safe environment. Do not allow riding toys to be used near stairs, traffic or swimming pools.
Teach children to put toys away safely after playing. Prevent falls and younger children playing with toys unsafe for them.
Use gifts of bicycles, inline skates, scooters and skateboards as opportunities to teach your children about safe riding. Make the appropriate safety gear (helmets, retroreflective clothing or stickers, horns and bells, elbow pads, wrist guards and knee pads) part of your gift.
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