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Is That Toy Dangerous? 10 Safety Tips Parents Need

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Dispose of the Packaging

Discard any plastic wrapping, bags, packaging, or tags after purchasing a toy for your child. Packing materials, especially Styrofoam and plastic wrap, can be a suffocation risk, and can't be expelled using the Heimlich maneuver, so make sure they've been cleared from the area and the toy's totally packing-free before playtime (don’t forget to check for any tiny twist-ties or bits of adhesive). For kids under eight, balloons pose the same risk, causing more choking deaths each year than any other children’s product. If you can’t forgo balloons entirely, go for the Mylar variety instead of latex.