Here are some safety tips for shopping for outdoor water toys and pool floats this summer:
Research an outdoor water toy before purchasing it.
It is important to always check Consumer Reports or recall announcements before purchasing a toy for your pool. In addition, do not purchase used pool toys, because they may not function properly. Furthermore, used outdoor toys such as water guns or pool floats may not be held to the same safety standards as new items. … Read the rest
Aqua Dots, a/k/a Aqua Beads, a Chinese-made toy, was recalled Wednesday, November 7, 2007, by the Consumer Product Safety Commission after two children in the United States and three in Australia were hospitalized after swallowing the beads.
Aqua Dots are packets of brightly colored beads that children arrange into mosaic designs. When sprinkled with water, the beads then stick together in as little as 10 minutes to form durable artworks. The toy was pulled from shelves after scientists found they contain a chemical that converts into a dangerous, potentially fatal drug when eaten. The chemical coating on the beads, when … Read the rest