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Remember toy safety when last minute shopping

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Some toys can be hazardous for children, so as you do finish your Christmas shopping, remember to buy gifts that are age appropriate.

If children are under three, you shouldn't buy toys that have small pieces.

When unwrapping the toys, make sure to get rid of all packaging before giving the toy to your child.

The Salvation Army now steers clear of used toys for safety reasons.

"We have to check to make sure all the toys are brand new because then we know they have been checked as far as the lead level," said Valdosta Salvation Army Capt. Monica Nickum. "Then the other part is to make sure they're age appropriate. The way we do that is we strictly go off the box."

The Georgia Department of Community Health also says you should read all the safety warnings on the box and check toys every three months to make sure they're still in safe condition.

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