Toys or Treachery? By Melissa Esham 12/8/2014 Ever stepped on a Lego or matchbox car in the middle of the night? If so, I’m sure you realize that toys can pose a threat to your health and well-being. But in seriousness, some toys are being sold that are not good for our kids. They contain lead, chromium, phthalates, small parts, balloons, magnets or batteries. If ingested by small children, these items can cause serious harm. In addition, if the noise level of the toy bothers you, it has the ability to harm your child’s hearing too. Santa is not going to take care of this for you; his hands are full with that naughty/nice list. So how do you make sure that what you buy for your children (or what is bought for them) is safe? The U.S. Public Interest Research Group shares helpful tips to keep the kids safe this holiday season: Examine toys carefully for hazards before purchase. Don’t trust their safety just because they are on a store shelf. toysafetytips.org - Read and shop with the U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s Toy Safety Tips. www.saferproducts.gov . - Report unsafe toys or toy-related injuries to the CPSC. www.recalls.gov . - Subscribe to government announcements of recalled products. Thanks for reading. How do you help your family stay safe this holiday season, and long after the decorations are packed up?