Find The Missing Word

Bill Scher

Today, acting Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Nancy Nord issued a press release titled, “CPSC Delivers the ABC’s of Toy Safety,” which includes “CPSC’s Top Safe Shopping Tips.”

But these tips leave out an important word. Kids, see if you can identify the missing word in “CPSC’s Top Safe Shopping Tips!”

  • Ride-on Toys – Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be sized to fit.
  • Small Parts – For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
  • Magnets – For children under age six, avoid building sets with small magnets. If magnets or pieces with magnets are swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur.
  • Projectile Toys – Projectile toys such as air rockets, darts and sling shots are for older children. Improper use of these toys can result in serious eye injuries.
  • Chargers and Adapters – Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to children.

To choose appropriate toys for children:

  • Be a label reader. Look for toy labels that give age and safety recommendations and use that information as a guide.
  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly-secured eyes, noses and other potential small parts.
  • For all children under 8, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.

Once the gifts are open:

  • Immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys before they become dangerous play things.
  • Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings or neighbors.
  • Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any device to prevent overcharging.

Can you say the missing word?

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