Safety tips for holiday shopping

POSTED: 11/30/12 12:15 PM

St. Maarten – As part of the ‘Get Checked’ campaign of the ministry of health, every parent’s concern this holiday season should be to make sure that the presents you buy for your child this year is safe, by checking the safety information of toys before purchasing it.

Every year Collective Prevention Services (CPS) highlights and creates awareness where it concerns safe holiday experiences for the entire family.

Before purchasing or giving any gift, particularly one intended for a child, double check to make sure it does not pose a hazard by reading the safety conditions attached to the gift.

Some safety tips for holiday season shopping: select toys suitable for a child’s age, abilities, skills and interest level; for infants, toddlers, and all children who still mouth objects, avoid toys with small parts, which could pose a fatal choking hazard.

Avoid toys that have sharp edges and points, especially for children under age eight; do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under age eight; read the labels that give age and safety recommendations and use that information as a guide in your holiday shopping.


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