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Week: 605.5

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

Topic: Choosing safe toys

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

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NEMA: Toys everywhere...it’s the holidays, after all. But Heather Paul of the National Safe Kids Campaign says they toys opened today can be dangerous a short time later...and pose a choking hazard...

PAUL: Toys that might be absolutely perfect when they’re bought at the holiday season don’t fare so well a year later or two. So, check for things that are broken, and parts that have come off...and anything that might be subject to hurting someone. So check for any damage on toys, on a regular basis as a parent.

NEMA: Especially when a child three and under has siblings that have new toys or games with small parts. Heather says we do ourselves good by joining in play with our kids...

PAUL: From time to time, there are these kind of hokey promotions that say, "Spend 20 minutes with your child"! And it’s always difficult to mandate any amount of time that ‘s ideal....but for heaven’s sake...common sense would dictate that it’s really important to interact with children, and literally get down on the ground...and find that it’s a lot of fun to read together, or play a simple game together, and those are probably the best memories that most children have with their parents, and vice versa.

NEMA: Heather Paul says...get kids to pick up toys and stow them away properly to avoid injury. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.



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