If you’re pulling out old cribs, toys, and other baby items for young holiday guests, state Consumer Protection officials are urging you to get them checked out first.
The holiday season often means items like old high chairs and playpens are coming up from the basement and being put to use for the first time in years. Michelle Reinen with the state Division of Consumer Protection says it’s important to look for recalls first though, just in case they could pose a danger.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission maintains a list of recalled items on its website. Reinen says those recalls happen throughout the year, and many people just may not notice if something that’s been sitting in a closet for years ends up on the list. Some items are recalled for minor issues that can be easily fixed. Many are recalled though because of serious safety concerns that can harm or even be fatal for young children.
With old toys, Reinen says it’s also important to think about whether they are age appropriate for young visitors. Watch for small parts or sharp components that could cause injuries. She says it’s also a good idea to establish a “safe play zone” for kids if you have several different age groups coming together.