The safety of toys
  • Ask pertinent questions before you buy a toy.
  • Get necessary information and operating instructions from the seller, preferably in writing.
  • Check to see if soft animals and dolls are washable.
  • Make sure that car wheels and other parts are properly attached.
  • Throw away plastic packaging to keep it out of children's reach.
  • Watch out for small toys inside chocolate eggs, which can be dangerous if swallowed.
  • Avoid toys which make a lot of noise. Pistols and whistles can damage a child's hearing.
  • Avoid plastic toys which are easily breakable. Toys intended for children under the age of 3 should be especially durable and should not break even when thrown or beaten.
  • Watch out for plastic stickers and details on rattles, which the child can peel off.
  • Feel the toy. Dangerous stuffing materials such as plastic beads usually make a crackling sound or feel grainy. Ask the seller about materials.
  • Be especially careful if you buy toys at a fair or other temporary point of sale.
  • If you suspect that a toy is not safe, you can contact Tukes.