CTE Health Awareness: Keeping Kids Safe with Toys this Holiday Season

CTE Health Awareness is a monthly feature in which our Career and Technical Education (CTE) students raise awareness about an important health issue in an effort to encourage proactive health and early disease detection.

Did you know that December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month?

As gifts are given to children in abundance this month, it’s an important time to raise awareness about making safety checks before putting toys in the hands of kids. 

Reading labels and following age suggestions is an easy place to start–those guidances are there for a reason! Things to look for while reading labels include:

  • Always look for an “ATSM” label on toys–having this label means the toy has passed the standards set by the American Society of Testing Materials.
  • If your gift includes art supplies, these should be labeled as non-toxic.
  • Ensure toys do not contain lead paint by checking the label.
  • Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Make sure the label on any stuffed animals indicates it can be washed.
  • Always make sure you are giving a toy appropriate for the child’s age, maturity, and abilities.
  • Always read the warnings and safety precautions that come with the toys.

For further guidance of selecting good toys for kids, check out these toy safety tips for babies, toddlers, and school-age children.

And remember, a child’s safety is the BEST gift you can give this season!

Raising Awareness

To help raise awareness, CTE student Itzel S. created this colorful poster with safety tips for selecting toys for children between 4-12 years old. Good job, Itzel!

Posted on December 8, 2020 by Bethany Harris

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