Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 09:22
December is observed as "Safe Toys and Gifts Month." When making toy and gift choices be sure to keep in mind their safety and suitability. Knowing what to look out for can make a big difference in preventing possible injuries from well-intentioned gifts. Here's a few tips to all those planning to purchase a toy/gift for a child this year.
Buy age appropriate toys. Don’t give toys with small parts to young children. Young kids tend to put things in their mouths, increasing the risk of choking. If the part of a toy can fit in a toilet paper roll, the toy is not appropriate for children under the age of 3. Teach older children to put their toys away. Many toys aimed at older children contain small pieces which could be swallowed by a younger child.
Read the warnings and safety precautions accompanying the toy as well as the instructions accompanying any toys.
For younger children, avoid play sets with small magnets and make sure batteries are secured within the toy. If magnets or batteries are ingested, serious injuries and/or death can occur. Also, avoid marbles, coins, balls, and games with balls that are 1.75 inches (4.4 centimeters) in diameter or less because they can become lodged in the throat above the windpipe and restrict breathing.
Do not purchase toys with long strings or cords, especially for infants and very young children as this can become wrapped around a child’s neck.
- Choose toys with sturdy construction and avoid those with sharp edges and points.
INTERNET SAFETY - ONLINE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Investigate the Seller. Make sure the Website gives the business name, physical mailing address and telephone number. If you're going to buy from a smaller retailer or one you're not familiar with, it'sin your best interests to find out if they're worth doing business with. Check reviews or do a Google search to see if anyone has posted negative or positive comments about dealing with this seller.
Protect your password. Some online stores require you to register a user name and password before buying an item. Use a different password from your computer logon password and use an unpredictable combination of numbers, letters and symbols. Keep your password secret.
Pay for your order using a credit card. The Federal Fair Credit Billing Act gives you the right to dispute credit card charges for goods that you never received, never ordered or that were misrepresented to you. Also, if you have an unauthorized charge on your credit card, under federal law your liability is limited to $50.
Check the Site’s Security. When you're using your credit card online, make sure you look for the yellow padlock at the bottom of your Web browser or for the "https" in the URL. Those are two signs that a site is secure and that your credit card information will transmit safely.
Review (and understand) the return, refund, shipping and handling policies as well as the other legal terms. If you can’t find them, ask the seller through an e-mail or telephone call to indicate where they are on the site or to provide them to you in writing. Sales policies will tell you how much shipping will cost, whether the seller will ship to your area, what delivery and payment methods are available, etc. Return policies will tell you how the seller will deal with you if you need to return an item. Pay special attention to the guarantee. Some sellers charge a 'restocking fee.'
Keep a Record. Print and file a copy of your order and confirmation number along with a written record of the product description, price, shipping and handling costs. By law, online businesses must deliver merchandise within 30 days of purchase or notify you if there will be a delay. Be sure to check your credit card statements as soon as you get them for any unauthorized charges.
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