Kids love toys and parents love spoiling their kids with them!
The right toys can aid in the development of children’s imagination and coordination. Toys are crucial tools for assisting in the social, mental, physical, and emotional development of children. But, the wrong ones have the potential to cause more harm than benefit.
Each year, tens of thousands of children are taken to the emergency department due to toy-related accidents. When parents offer their young children toys designed for older children, many injuries occur. Believe it or not, your child’s favorite toy may include hazardous and poisonous substances like Lead and BPA, which is why parents should be extra cautious about the toys they purchase for their children.
Thus, it becomes extremely important that parents only buy toys, which have been through toy testing and are of the prescribed Indian Standards.
As per the Toys (Quality Control) Order, 2020 published by DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the safety of toys has been brought under mandatory BIS certification with effect from September 1, 2020. The goal of enacting the Toys (Quality Control) Order is to ensure that children’s toys are safer, as well as to reinforce the government’s current policy of limiting non-essential imports. According to sources, India imports over 85% of the toys it sells in its domestic market, and the Toys Quality Control Order is one of the most important tools for stopping the flow of cheap, substandard toys into the Indian Market.
For example, for Non-Electric Toys (these are ordinary toys such as rattles, dolls, puzzles, etc. which do not have any function dependent on electricity) IS 9873 (Part 1):2019 is to be complied with. While for Electric Toys (these are toys which have at least one function dependent on electricity) IS 15644:2006 needs to be adhered to.
Toy testing done by NABL Accredited Toys Testing Labs ensures that only safe and age-appropriate toys reach your children, that is why it is important to look for the IS marks on the toys before buying!
One more extra tip, avoid older toys, including hand-me-downs from relatives and friends. Those toys may have nostalgic value and are unquestionably less expensive, but they may not satisfy modern safety requirements and may be worn to the point of breaking and posing a threat.
The best way to ensure the safety of your child is to go for toys that have been from NABL accredited toy testing labs. Remember to read the labels and do your research before toy shopping!
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