Monday, March 10, 2008
Labels in Packages
Which one of the following labels have you seen?
On plastic bags: This bag is not a toy. To avoid danger of suffocation, Keep away from small children.
On buckets or drum containers: Keep away from small children.
On toys: Recommended for ages 3 and over.
There's a reason why packaging materials have safety warnings. Plastic bags that are less than 1 millimeter thick and with openings large enough to fit over a child's head, can presents a suffocation hazard. Toddlers typically like to insert parts of their bodies into objects. When a child wears a thin plastic bag over it's head, the act of breathing can cause the thin plastic to cling to areas around the child's nostrils and mouth. The bag will be very difficult to remove and in time can suffocate the child.
Swimming pools are not the only places where children have been found to drown. Large drums and water pails can attract toddlers too. Buckets left outside can collect rainwater and present a drowning hazard. Children under two years of age can fall head first into a bucket and have been known to drown from only two inches of water. Always empty a bucket and store this away from the reach of children.
Children have varying levels of motor and cognitive skills. Motor and cognitive skills develop as the child matures. You can assume that a child less than 7 years of age will not have the life skills to extricate himself from a harmful situation. Children less than 3 years of age (toddlers) have less knowledge of how toys meant for older children can hurt them. Toddlers are known to test the limits of products. They throw, punch and trample on toys. When fragile toys intended for older children break into small, sharp pieces; the broken pieces can harm the child. Toddlers are also known to insert parts of their bodies into tight spaces that can trap and mutilate delicate fingers. So read packaging labels of toys to make sure it's appropriate for the age of your child.