(December 5, 2014) Long Beach, New York -- Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center honors Safe Toys and Gift Month by raising awareness about potential hazardous toys. During this time of year, the toy industry is booming but parents must remain vigilant about the toys and gifts their children receive.
The following guidelines are important for choosing safe toys for all ages:
All toys should be inspected before purchase. Avoid those that have shooting mechanisms or include parts that fly off.
The toy should not have sharp corners or edges and should be durable enough to withstand impact without breaking.
Check toys for age, skill level, and developmental appropriateness.
Check for labels that certify that the toy has passed a safety inspection. ATSM attests that the toy has met the American Society for Testing and Materials standards.
Protective equipment should be given alongside sport gear.
Learn about lead exposure from toys, characteristics of lead poisoning, and what kinds of toys have been recalled in the past. Remember that old toys are more likely to contain lead. If you suspect that your child has been exposed to lead, make sure they wash their hands frequently and thoroughly and contact your pediatrician immediately.
Do not give toys with small parts to young children. If the toy piece can fit inside a paper towel roll, it is not appropriate for children under 3 years old.
“Here at Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, we would like to remind everyone about remaining vigilant while toy shopping this year. There are many toys that contain potentially hazardous materials or not age appropriate for your child. Keep up to date about current recalls and important guidelines when toy shopping” says Baruch Gilberstein, administrator at Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Grandell Rehab and Nursing Center, a nursing home in Nassau County is a 278-bed premier skilled nursing and rehabilitation care center providing 24-hour comprehensive inpatient care to adults of all ages. The proud recipient of a 2014 Deficiency Free Survey from the New York State Department of Health, Grandell provides short-term rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice care, along with a renowned Alzheimer's/Dementia program. Grandell Rehab and Nursing Center also offers a highly successful amputee rehab program which utilizes a specially-made 55 foot long harness, the first of its kind in New York State. Grandell is a Glatt Kosher facility under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.
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