Weibel: important to read labels when buying toys for children

A lot of people will be found in the toy departments of local stores over this last week of shopping before Christmas looking for toys that are both fun and safe for their children. Smithfield Fire Department Captain Mike Weibel, who also works for the Bear River Health Department, says his best advice for parents when buying toys is to “read the labels.””Read those labels and the big thing about it, too, is those labels will include, in most cases, an age range,” Weibel said on a recent KVNU Crosstalk show. “It’s important to buy toys and gifts for children that are appropriate for their age. “A lot of actual science and investigation has gone into putting those labels on there.”Weibel says a lot of parents believe their own kids are more mature than those the age range mentioned on the label. He says all too often there is a small button or other object on the toy that little kids can choke on when they explore the new toys with their hands and mouths.

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