Oklahoma City Indian Clinic promotes safe toy guidelines for National Safe Toys and Gifts Month.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, wants you to keep safety in mind when giving gifts this holiday season.
National Safe Toys and Gifts Month is observed every December to remind people of important safety guidelines when purchasing toys and gifts. These five important tips will help you give gifts that are both fun and safe this holiday season.
- Make sure toys are appropriate for the age and skill level of the child.
- “Always check the age level of the toy you’re buying, especially for children under 3,” said Janice Hixson, OKCIC’s Chief Medical Officer. “Age guidelines are often determined due to safety factors. For example, toys meant for older children can have small parts that put younger children at risk of choking.”
- Always look for the ASTM symbol on the packaging.
- The ASTM symbol will be on or near the barcode. This shows that the toy has been tested and is approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials. ASTM F963 means the toy meets the latest safety standards. When buying art toys, ASTM D4236 means the art materials have been reviewed by a toxicologist.
- Give safety equipment with sports equipment.
- Sports equipment often requires additional protective equipment to be used safely. Gifting the appropriate protective gear will keep the child safe while they play with their new sports equipment.
- Inspect toys for small parts.
- “Always check toys for small parts, including magnets and button batteries,” Hixson said. “Batteries can cause serious injury or death if swallowed. A good rule to follow is that the part is too small if it can fit through the center of a toilet paper roll.”
- Keep toys safe at home.
- Continue toy safety at home by periodically checking toys for signs of wear and tear. If a toy is damaged beyond repair, it’s time to throw it out. Toys can also be kept clean by spraying them with a mix of antibacterial soap and hot water. Remember to rinse them afterwards.
Giving gifts is a longstanding holiday tradition, but it’s important to give safe toys and gifts. Don’t forget these important safety reminders this holiday season.
About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 21,000 patients from over 220 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.