Playing Safe with Jack-in-the-Box: Safety Concerns to Keep in Mind
Mind the Age Limit
A Jack-in-the-Box toy can be hazardous for infants and toddlers under three years of age. As per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), toys with small parts that could pose a choking risk should never be given to children under three years old. Even if a child is above three, always supervise him/her while playing with such toys.
Check for Quality and Condition
When buying a Jack-in-the-Box, always check for quality and safety standards. Look for the official safety certifications such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or European Toy Safety Standards (CE). Also, inspect the condition of the toy, and avoid toys that are broken, rusty, or have loose parts that could pose a danger.
Inspect the Jack-in-the-Box Before Use
Prior to use, carefully inspect the Jack-in-the-Box to ensure it is in good condition. Tighten any screws, inspect the spring, and make sure that the lid is well-secured. If anything seems damaged, detachable, or inadequate, avoid using it.
Keep a Safe Distance
Whenever a child is playing with a Jack-in-the-Box, make sure that they maintain a safe distance, especially from other children. A child may suddenly get frightened or excited, which could make them accidentally hit, kick, or hurt another child while unlocking the toy’s surprise element.
Store the Toy Safely
Once the child is done playing, make sure that you keep the toy in a safe place. Put it away from any heat sources or flammable materials. Avoid storing it on high shelves, as the child might climb to reach it and get injured as a result.