The Department of Health (DOH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warn the public against buying toys that are maybe hazardous to health of children.
To ensure safety, consumers are enjoined to observed the following:
- Check the labels on the packaging especially the chemical ingredients used in the manufacture of the toys/precautions appearing on the labels
- Ensure that the child’s toys are suited for his/her age under adult supervision
- Dispose plastic packaging accordingly
- For children under age of three (3), do not buy the following:
- Balls with a diameter of 1.75 inches or less as to prevent choking
- Toys that easily breaks into small parts or pieces (glass or brittle plastics)
- Toys containing small detachable parts or pieces which could become lodged in the throat
- Toys with sharp points and edges
- Toys with electrical parts that could pinch or entrap fingers, toes, or hair, and
- Toys with parts put together by straight pins, sharp wires or nails that are exposed and easily detached.
This warning is issued in view of the concerns raised regarding children’s toys, with heavy metals as these have been found to leach out from the toys when they are sucked or chewed as commonly practiced by children especially infants.