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Week: 605.1

Guest: Heather Paul, National Safe Kids Campaign, Washington, D.C.

Topic: Choosing safe toys

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Choosing kids gifts...coming up...

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NEMA: Some last minute shopping...gotta match up the kids with presents...what to buy? Heather Paul of the National Safe Kids Campaign says more importantly buy safe and check the warning label...

PAUL: There are certain toys that are not recommended for children three and under, and the label is very clear that the reason why it’s not recommended for small kids is because there are chokable parts inside. That’s the most important thing to remember for parents and care givers.

NEMA: Many of the over 100 hundred thousand toy related injuries each year involve choking so supervision is very important...

PAUL: Supervision is number one. For the most part, the millions and millions of toys that are produced in the U.S. or for the U.S. consumer base every year are very, very safe. The standards of the toy industry are very high, and toy related injuries in the emergency room usually mean there hasn’t been enough supervision and that toys have been misused, so most important...especially for small children, that there be older siblings around who are responsible, and adults as well.

NEMA: Remember, buy safe...and supervise. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.


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