Kiddit’s Toy Safety Information
We take your child’s safety very seriously indeed, which is why we only supply toys that have met all relevant industry standards. Our manufacturers have developed their products to ensure minimal risk to your child; however, it’s always important to take extra precautions to avoid any potential hazards.
If you have any questions about the safety of our toys, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling toll free at 1800 393 0293, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Toy Safety Tips
- When opening your educational toy, please be aware that some may use plastic wrapping. Discard this immediately after opening.
- Read labels carefully and always follow the supplied instructions.
- Remember that many toys are ‘age-appropriate’ and may not be suitable for younger kids. Older children’s toys may feature small parts that could pose a choking hazard, or may feature sharp or pointed sections, such as a needle in a crafting kit. They may also feature parts that can be pulled off, thus presenting a hazard.
- Always check toy recall lists before giving your child a toy. You will find the relevant link below.
- Certain products, such as electric toys, may require adult supervision.
- Make sure your child has the necessary safety equipment required to operate the toy. For example, when riding a bicycle, a helmet and knee pads are advisable.
- Be aware that certain crayons and paint sets may come with a cautionary warning, indicating that they pose a threat to health if consumed. If this is the case, please ensure you keep well away from younger children.
- Certain toys, particularly those with long cords, may prevent a strangulation risk. It’s advisable to keep these toys away from young children and to supervise your child when playing with them.
Helpful Toy Safety Links
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) works hard to protect consumers from products that may present a hazard. Their site features up-to-date news on current toy recalls across the US, plus some helpful guides, explaining how to use certain toys such as bicycles, playground toys and hobby toys safely. It’s also a good place to find out about current regulations and laws relating to toy safety.
- The TIA, or Toy Industry Association, is the US’s leading trade association in the toy industry. It works alongside government officials, industry leaders and consumer groups to ensure that high safety standards are met across all toy manufacturers and suppliers in the country.
- Before a toy reaches the store, it require rigorous testing to ensure that it meets all safety standards. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is responsible for helping to ensure that all toys are safe when they reach your child, by incorporating global safety standardization in the marketplace. On their site, you’ll find a wide variety of publications and information on what they do.
- The Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance are dedicated to ensuring that children in the US reside in healthy homes, free from lead poisoning. Their focus is on educating families, carers and children about environmental issues that contribute to creating a healthy living environment.
- ASTRA, or the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, serves the specialty toy industry. These types of toys are generally more focused on what the child can do, rather than what the toy can do, and how children play with it, rather than its own intrinsic features. It features some useful information about the different ways in which children play.
- The International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) helps preserve high quality and safety with internationally manufactured toys. In addition to helping assure safety standards, it aims to reduce barriers to international trade and help advance social responsibility, encouraging international suppliers to think about key issues such as fair employment practice and workplace safety.
- The European Safety Standards Commission helps to ensure that all traded goods, including toys, traveling from Europe to the US, adhere to the necessary safety standards. Toys that meet these requirements will carry the European Community conformity marking (CE).
- ANSI (American National Standards Institute) acts as the voice of US standards and conformity assessment and aims to help strengthen the US’s position in the global marketplace, while also maintaining the safety and health of consumers worldwide.