NEWS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2007
CONTACT: 512-463-0119

Senator Carlos Uresti Cautions Parents to Exercise "Toy Safety" this Holiday Season

San Antonio, TX -- As Christmas approaches, those buying toys for children need to look closely at the ones they select. Toys meant for children under the age of three especially need to be scrutinized, as all parents have a responsibility to investigate a toy's safety.

Some of the best advice comes from the Texas Department of State Health Service, (DSHS). Alice Rogers, who works in the Environmental and Consumer Safety Section of DSHS, tells consumers to "know the child; know the toy." What she hopes to highlight is the important fact that not all five year olds are on the same level. "Reading labels for age recommendations and learning about recalled items helps consumers make better, safer choices among the thousands of items available for children, whether in retail stores or resale shops," Rogers said.

A label will tell a consumer two important things: if a toy is not safe for younger children and why it is not safe. Toys meant for older children may have parts or strings that can choke or strangle a younger child,. It is important to maintain awareness of toy safety beyond the holiday season, especially in households with children of varying ages. Young children are attracted to all toys, not just the ones that belong to them.

With regards to recalls, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) inspects stores and educates sellers about recall information. Many stores, including large resale shops, now post recall notices at their locations for the public. People can view a list of recalled items and sign up to receive recall information directly from the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov. Also, the Texas Department of State Health Services offers many safety tips for buying toys on its website at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/hazpro/safety.shtm.

I encourage parents to visit both of these websites and to please have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Carlos I. Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19, a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts, and spans two time zones. As the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states, Senate District 19 is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.

For more information, please contact Diana Martinez at 512-463-0119

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