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December 6, 2019
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Toy Safety Checklist Includes Checking Age Range on Toys and Assembling Parts Before the Fun Begins
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) wants to help Florida families stay safe this holiday season, and there are steps consumers can take to ensure the safety of gifts they purchase for family and friends, especially young children.
“Finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. We want to make sure shoppers find gifts that are both fun and safe for the children on their list this holiday season,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the FRF. “Our Toy Safety Checklist is a simple way that parents, grandparents and other gift givers can select and give gifts that are safe and age-appropriate.”
The FRF’s Toy Safety Checklist includes:
- Buy toys from reputable retail stores or websites
- Check the age range to make sure the toy is suitable for the child in mind and avoid toys with small parts when shopping for children under age three
- Inspect toys for loose hair and small parts, sharp edges and points
- Carefully read instructions and warnings provided with toys
- Assemble and inspect toys before giving them to children
In 2017, there were an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Of the 251,700 estimated toy-related, emergency department-treated injuries, an estimated 184,000 (73%) occurred involving children younger than 15 years of age and an estimated 89,800 (36%) occurred involving children younger than five years of age.
For more insights on how to safely shop toys this holiday season, visit: playsafe.org
ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.