Officials: Keep safety in mind when picking the perfect present for a child

MADISON -- Picking the perfect present for the child in your life this holiday season goes beyond choosing what is popular, cute, or exciting. State officials say the safety of the children in the home needs to be a significant consideration as well. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection asks toy shoppers to review the safety of each potential gift before hitting the register this holiday season.

Officials suggest when shopping for toys, look for these labels on packaging or warnings on product webpages:

    Some additional things to consider when shopping for gifts for children:

      Safety concerns don't end at the register, officials say. Be mindful of younger children and keep small or pointed toys and accessories out of their reach. Make sure to read any battery charging instructions that come with toys as chargers and adapters can overheat and pose burn hazards to young children. Keep an eye on the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission's (CPSC) website.

      For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or send an e-mail to