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With holidays approaching, make sure toys are safe for each age

One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury - that's according to a consumer product safety group.

One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury - that's according to a consumer product safety group.

We want you to be empowered to make sure the toys you're buying this holiday season are safe.

With two sets of twins, Lisa DeLuca is a busy mom.

“The boys are five and the girls are two,” DeLuca said.

When it comes time for Holiday shopping she has two very different ages she's looking for.

The boys are a little older, so they're into the smaller pieces, so they like Legos and that's tougher for the girls, because they'll pick up pieces and put them toward their mouth,” DeLuca said.

“Older kids’ toys will have small parts,” said Joan Lawrence senior vice president safety affairs The Toy Association. “That's really important to keep those away from those younger children.”

Lawrence said age awareness is the biggest thing shoppers need to pay attention to.

To see if a toy is safe, use a toilet paper roll. If the part fits into the roll, it's too small for kids ages three and younger.

Lawrence said you can still get the products, but just keep them away from the younger kids.

“You can look on a package and see its marked, keep an eye out for those labels,” Lawrence said.

The U.S. has strict safety standards that every toy must meet, from its physical parts to its chemical makeup.

Consumers should always inspect the toys themselves. Look for defects or poor design. If you're ordering online, you also want to be careful where you're ordering from.

“We always recommend to shop with a retailer that you know and trust,” Lawrence said. “You want to go with someone you know will be around if there's an issue.”

Read online reviews, look for the age grade and safety guidelines, and pay attention to recalls, so if there is an issue, you can catch it quickly.

“You know they're doing their job that you're going to be safe and your kids will be safe,” DeLuca said. “So I actually appreciate it and a recall is just a way to say it could happen to you, but hopefully it doesn't up to that point.”

If you would like to check on toy recalls before you shop, go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website here.

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