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Toy Safety

Toys, new or old can be a choking risk for children. Toddlers especially like to explore their world by putting objects into their mouths which puts them at an increased risk for choking.


Safety Tips

  • Always supervise children and teach them how to play safely.
  • Use age appropriate toys. A toy that is labeled “Not suitable for children under 3” means that there may be small parts that could cause choking. Keep in mind that some small toys can be dangerous for older children if they still put non-food items in their mouths.
  • Look for hazards such as sharp edges, loose parts or broken pieces and discard/repair if needed.
  • Teach older children to keep small toys and pieces of toys away from their younger brothers and sisters.
toddler playing with toy
Date of creation: February 28, 2013
Last modified on: January 15, 2014

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1Healthy Canadians. (2010-11-15). General toy safety tips. Retrieved from