Collective Prevention Services issues safety tips for holiday shopping

POSTED: 11/29/11 7:09 AM

GREAT BAY – Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor has stressed that every parent’s number one concern this holiday season should be to make sure that gifts given to children this year are safe. The caution is part of the department’s calendar of observances.
“Before purchasing or giving any gift, particularly one intended for a child, double check to make sure it does not pose a hazard by reading the safety conditions attached to the gift,” a release issued by the Department of Communications stated.
Safety tips for holiday season shopping include: select toys suitable for a child’s age, abilities, skills and interest level; for infants, toddlers, and all children who still mouth objects, avoid toys with small parts, which could pose a fatal choking hazard. Avoid toys that have sharp edges and points, especially for children under age eight; do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under age eight; read the labels that give age and safety recommendations and use that information as a guide in your holiday shopping.
“One of the most important gifts of all to give a child is time spent with you as a parent this holiday season,” the release concluded.

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