Thursday, July 11, 2013

Repost: Do you know which toys are unsafe?

I've contributed to the Orlando Sentinel's Moms at Work blog since 2010. The blog is changing content management systems and my old posts will no longer be available to the public, so I'm reposting them here, in the order that they were originally posted.

Nov. 21, 2012

Black Friday, one of the nation's biggest shopping days, is just hours away, and some of the millions of people who will hit stores will definitely be headed to toy aisles to buy items for kids.

But do they know which toys are safest?

If they don't know but want to know, somebody's already done that work for them. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a safety advocacy organization, has put out Trouble in Toyland, its annual report about the safety of toys.

The good news is that U.S. PIRG found fewer problematic toys than ever.

However, at least one Morphobot toy had more metal than allowed by federal regulations and a Dora the Explorer backpack contained a high level of phthalates, substances added to plastics that have been linked with breast cancer and other conditions.

This year's report was focused on toys that could cause hearing loss or choke children, according to ABC News.

Read the report for yourself and keep it in mind if you head out on Black Friday. Happy shopping!

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