Some aquatic toys can cause drowning — FDA
With more people heading to swimming pools and beaches, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday cautioned the public that some aquatic toys could cause drowning.
In an advisory, FDA’s Center for Cosmetic Regulation and Research said the public should be vigilant in choosing aquatic toys because they could be designed as only toys, not safety devices or floaters.
“Danger to children can arise due to unintended deflation that may occur or if a child does not use it properly. Aquatic toys are not safety devices. An adult should constantly supervise children using these toys,” the FDA added.
The FDA explained that aquatic toys are “intended to bear the mass of a child and used for play in shallow water” only.
International agencies have documented several hazards associated with aquatic toys. These include death by drowning or brain injury by neardrowning.
The FDA has advised the public to read the labels found on packaging and to be aware of safety recommendations and take them seriously.
“Choose toys suitable for the child’s age, abilities and skill level. Follow the instructions and/or weight recommendations carefully for proper assembly and use. Always buy toys from reputable retailers/outlets. Supervise the children as they play,” the FDA said.
Toys should also be checked periodically for breakage and potential hazards, the FDA added.