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Are your kids' toys safe this Christmas?

Eilis O'Regan

Published 07/12/2015 | 02:30

Construction Buddies Terina Kelly and Ella Taylor both aged 6 and both from Dundalk pictured at the launch of a new book entitled 'Grandad Built My House' at Croke Park, Dublin.
Construction Buddies Terina Kelly and Ella Taylor both aged 6 and both from Dundalk pictured at the launch of a new book entitled 'Grandad Built My House' at Croke Park, Dublin.

Parents are being warned to ensure the toys they buy for their children are not safety hazards.

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A basic tip is to always pay close attention to the age recommendations on toys and choose one according to a child's age, interest and skill level, according to Fisher-Price.

Also, be aware of other safety labels such as "flame retardant/flame resistant" or "washable/hygienic materials" on dolls and other stuffed toys. Discard the plastic wrappings from toys immediately; they become deadly play things to small children.

Don't give young children any toys with small parts such as removable eyes, noses, etc, they are choking hazards.

Inspect all toys for sharp points or edges made from such materials as metal or glass - these toys should not be given to children under eight years of age. This includes stuffed animals with wires that could stab, cut or shock if exposed.

Toys with strings, cords or ribbons of any kind should not be hung on cots or playpens. Young children can become entangled, which can cause injury or death.

Teach older children to keep their toys that may have removable small parts, sharp points or toys run on electricity out of reach of younger siblings. Young children are very curious and may investigate toys that aren't appropriate for them.

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