Toy Box Safety

Protecting kids from danger is a parent's number one priority, especially in their vulnerable younger years. There are many things to consider when it comes to your child's safety including their age and abilities. A determined two year old can quickly climb a bookshelf in order to reach a coveted toy. If the shelf isn't mounted securely to the wall, it could fall on them causing both injury and distress.

Toy boxes and toy chests are another item in and around homes that pose a threat to toddlers, preschoolers and other small children. Every year the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is notified of injuries and deaths that are a direct result of toy boxes trapping or otherwise harming little ones.

One of the best ways to protect young children from accidental injury is to purchase a toy box with safety hinges like the Limited Edition Toy Box, which is available in a variety of colors. Hinges that automatically hold a toy box open in any position is best. If you purchase a toy box that does not offer these types of safety hinges, be sure to install at least one hinge support which will keep the lid open in any position.

According to Consumer Reports, removing the lid all together is the best way to insure your little ones safety. Or, you could opt for a toy box without a lid like our contemporary See Through Toy Bin or the Easy View Storage Bench. Both of these toy storage options eliminate the risks, while at the same time reducing the frustration that little ones often feel when searching for a toy. The clear "windows" help kids to see exactly what's inside.

Cutouts on the front and sides are another important safety feature in any toy box or toy chest. The cutouts, like those found on the side of Room Magic's Little Lizard Toy Box ensure that there is always an air supply to the inside of the box. Cutouts on front of a box, like the Captain's Toy Chest, help to prevent fingers from being pinched.

Never purchase a toy box or chest which has been recalled. It is equally important that you never purchase a toy box or chest with a locking lid. These pose a significant risk for the vulnerable little ones who live in or visit your home as they can become trapped inside and possibly suffocate.

Remember, purchase non-locking toy boxes with side safety hinges and side and/or front cutouts. It's also important to be sure that child-safe and non-toxic paints and materials are used in the construction of the toy box.

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