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Bradford-Tioga Head Start Reminds Adults December is Safe Toy Month!

Children always want to have fun, and itís best practice to have safety go along with having fun!  To help ensure all children have fun and stay safe, Bradford Tioga Head Start has a few tips:

         Keep button batteries away from young kids

o    Keep a special eye on small pieces, including button batteries that may be included in electronic toys. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings.

         Find the perfect toy for the right age

o    Consider your childís age when purchasing a toy or game. Itís worth a second to read the instructions and warning to make sure the toy/game is just right. Before youíve settled on the perfect toy, check out the suggested age for the toy/game.

         Donít forget a helmet for new bikes or other toys

o    If your childís heart is set on a bike, skateboard or scooter, be sure to include a helmet to keep them safe while theyíre having fun.

         Check your car seat before travel

o    Seventy three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Any child under the age of 4 MUST be in a car seat. If they have outgrown the car seat, they must be in a booster seats with the same kind of restraints as a car seat. Use booster seat for kids who have outgrown a forward facing harness seat, but not ready for seatbelts. A booster seat enables the seat belt to fit properly. The law states that a child between the ages of 4 and 8 MUST be in a booster seat. Even when children have graduated from booster seats, they should remain in the back seat until they reach the age of 13.

Bradford-Tioga Head Start has also developed a handy brochure complete with a toy shopping guide and other helpful reminders. It can be downloaded below.