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What toys are safe for the holiday season

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A lot of parents are heading into toy stores to purchase those most favorite of children's holiday gifts, toys.

One public interest group, Arizona Public Interest Research Group is warning parents to be aware before they purchase those gifts.  Potentially dangerous toys can be found in stores everywhere – from dollar stores to the big chain stores.

Here are a few of the hazards the group is hoping parents will watch out for:

Loud toys – some electronic toys are loud enough to damage hearing

Choking hazards – if the toy can fit through a toilet paper roll tube, it can be a choking hazard.

Toys that seem safe – check to see if there are small parts that can break off, because those can become choking hazards too.

The group advises to also read all the warning labels and age-appropriate labels.

These tips come from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group's 28th annual ‘Trouble in Toyland' report. 

Federal Safety rules for toys are stronger now than they've been in the past, but Arizona PIRG says children still die or are seriously injured by toys.

For more on the full safety report go online to the following site - www.uspirgedfund.org/reports/usf/trouble-toyland-2013

To find out if a toy or product is safe or not go online here - http://www.saferproducts.gov/Search/default.aspx

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