Toy safety tips
Use a toy box without a lid. Heavier lids (often found on older wooden toy boxes and chests) can fall on a child's head or neck, causing injury or even death. If you use a toy box that has a lid, make sure the lid is light and the box has holes to allow air inside.
Never give children access to airtight storage bins, trunks or boxes. If they climb inside, they could suffocate.
Tips for specific kinds of toys
- Make sure any riding toys you buy are right for your child's age, size and abilities.
- Check that the ride-on toy will not tip when your child is using it. The toy should be stable when weight is placed on any riding point.
- Serious injuries and deaths can occur when children use ride-on toys in dangerous areas. Make sure children don't use ride-on toys near stairs, swimming pools or other dangerous areas-including hazards like lamps, cords, decorations or appliances that could be knocked or pulled down.
Baby walkers are very unsafe. They were banned from being sold in Canada in 2004 and should not be used by any child.
- Balloons should be used for decoration only - not for play.
- Always keep uninflated balloons and pieces of broken balloons out of the reach of children. These pieces can be easily inhaled and block a child's airway.
- Balloons should be inflated by adults only.
Trampolines are not toys - they can seriously injure children, even when an adult supervises them. Children under the age of six should never go on a trampoline. Children over six using a trampoline should be supervised at all times.
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