Checking Safety Records: Resources.
Great Toys for Great Kids:
How we got into this business to begin with and why we care.
Dorsett Publications, a publisher specializing in books how-to guides for building miniature furniture and structures, got into the toy business in part because one of us is an environmental resource planner with an inordinate fondness for blocks, old Erector sets, and Legos; and the other is a former child abuse investigator and paramedic who is passionate about toy safety. The combination accounts for our emphasis on construction toys, railroad related toys (trains, puzzles, a railroad cribbage board, etc.), and above all else, safe toys. We also subscribe to the belief that kids learn best when they "make stuff" rather than staring endlessly at a computer screen.
Great toys are engaging and spur imagination and critical thinking through creative play. They can be used to teach cooperation, encourage the development of language, math, and motor skills. Unfortunately, not all toys are safe, even great toys. Most toys are age-specific, like the Erector set, with which I spent hours trying to build the perfect amusement park. The small parts, including the pulley wheels, posed a choking hazard, so I wasn't allowed to touch the set until I was well past the age of putting small metal pieces in my mouth and swallowing. At the time, it seemed grossly unfair that my older cousins could play with the set and I couldn't. As an adult, I can now appreciate the restriction.
We encourage parents to know about the products before buying, whether new, used, or antique; whether from a small shop, a retail outlet, a flea market or yardsale, or online.
Buying Safe Toys
We have taken the time to research the safety records for all of the companies with which we do business. In most cases, with a couple of notable exceptions, we deal directly with the manufacturer and know how our products are made, who makes them, and what types of materials are used. Not all stores, however, have the same time to devote to researching product safety nor the inclination. This puts the onus on the parents to know what their children are playing with. For information on product standards, for specific numeric data on the number of recalls in the US, and for a list of companies with recalls, take a look at our statistics page (coming soon). Whether you buy from us or you buy from someone else, buy safe. Some basic rules apply when you are shopping this holiday season.
ęDorsett Publications, LLC.
Last Updated: 10 March, 2013
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