Christmas Toys Dangerous to Children

The Department of Health regional office here is waging a campaign against toys that are hazardous to children this Christmas season, especially those painted with lead and other toxic content and unsafe and breakable toys.

Dr. Elvie Villalobos of DOH environment and occupational health division, said the health office reminded gift givers to buy only safe toys for children.

The Food and Drug Authority (FDA) also conducts compliance monitoring of establishments and market surveillance of toy products. Those non-compliant toys are subject for recall and disposal.

Villalobos said the toys should be durable, well constructed, safe, appealing and suitable to the age of kids.

The DOH advises gift givers not to buy toys for children below three years old. These are balls with a diameter of 1.75 inches or less so as to prevent choking; those toys that easily break into small parts or pieces such as glass or brittle plastics; those containing small detachable parts or pieces which could lodged in the throats; with sharp points and edges; with electrical parts that could pinch or entrap fingers, toes, or hair; and with parts out together by straight pins, sharp wires or nails that are exposed and easily detached.

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