How can parents avoid toys that could be choking hazards?
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Host: How can parents avoid toys that could be choking hazards? Rene Hackney: The first thing to do is that choking tube or a toilet paper tube, if the toy can fit into that for children under three that is considered a choking hazard. Other things to look for are cords on toys, if cords are longer than 12 inches; they are considered both the choking or strangulation hazard. So the idea is you would want to look for pull behind cords that are 12 inches or less. Also with the necklaces, things or things that go around the child s neck you want them to pop open really easily. So, there are some clasps that pop open very easily and there are others that just do not. So, look in for that when you are purchasing toys. Also knowing that balloons are one of the number one choking hazards for young children, so not giving children balloons to play with at least unsupervised, if the child inhales a balloon, it is very hard to get that balloon piece back out.