SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With the holiday shopping season underway, state Rep. Kelly Burke, D-Evergreen Park, is reminding local families to take extra precautions to protect young children from potentially dangerous toys.
“As families begin their holiday shopping, it’s important for those purchasing gifts for young children to avoid potentially dangerous toys,” Burke said. “I highly encourage parents to take extra precautions for young children who are at a greater risk of choking on small toys.”
Burke is encouraging parents and those purchasing gifts for children to review this year’s toy safety guide, released annually by the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. The attorney general has released a toy safety guide each year for the past ten years. Since January, there have been 68 recalls of children’s products by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Jones is advising parents to be cautious when buying gifts both in-store and from second-hand sellers and websites like eBay.
“The attorney general’s toy safety guide is a valuable resource for parents to use to help keep their children safe from recalled toys,” Burke said. “By taking time to review the toy safety guide and allowing your child to only play with age-appropriate toys, we can prevent accidents from occurring.”
The 2017 Safe Shopping Guide can be found at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov. For more information about recalled products, residents can also contact the Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678.