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Sinclair Cares: Avoid toy dangers at the store this season


Make sure to check the label to ensure that the product is free of known toxins.

It's the holidays and once again it is the season of giving. The American Academy of Pediatrics is cautioning parents and guardians of small children to beware of the toys that their children will receive.

Many toy dangers are obvious but, it is important to remember that small toys could be potential choking hazards for your young ones.

This year's national "Trouble in Toyland" report cautions about toys that 'exceed' federal noise limits for kids. Experts say if it sounds loud to you then it is probably too loud for a child's developing ear.

Make sure to check the label to ensure that the product is free of known toxins.

This information can typically be found on the manufacturer's website.

Other potential hazards can include toys with chemicals or heavy metals that you can not see like lead or cadmium. Keep in mind to look at the process information on how the toy is made. Check the ingredients in art supplies such as paint.

Also, check to be sure the art materials have a safety seal! If you see "AP" on the safety seal, that means the materials are safe.

The letters "CL" means that the materials could pose a health risk to your child.

Keep a list of the toys that have been recalled to ensure you do not buy that toy for your child.

The safety commission website is a resource that can help parents keep tabs on product safety.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says to be cautious about toys that contain buttons, batteries or small magnets. They can cause serious stomach, throat and intestinal juries and even death if swallowed.