Consumers look to us for assurance that the toys on store shelves are safe. This is why we have implemented a global toy safety system. Throughout the year, CPSC works to keep America’s children safe by:

  • Requiring mandatory independent third-parting testing of toys

  • Requiring companies to comply with the strongest toy safety standard in the world

  • Requiring companies to meet stringent federal limits on toxic metals in toys

  • Working closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to stop violative toy shipments at the ports before reaching store shelves.

Holidays and hazards

No matter the time of year, when shopping for toys, keep safety in mind, as there are some hazards you want to avoid. The majority of toy-related deaths involving children younger than 15 are related to riding toys, small parts, small balls and balloons or balloon strings. Riding toys also account for the majority of hospital emergency room visits.

What you can do

  • Keep small balls and other toys with small parts away from children younger than age 3.

  • Keep deflated and broken balloons and balloon strings away from young children.

  • Keep high powered magnets, including building and play sets with small magnets away from small children.

  • Use age labeling on toy packaging as a guide when shopping.

  • For riding toys, be sure to include safety gear such as helmets, elbow and kneepads for bikes and scooters.