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Tri-County Association for the Blind
1800 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2200
(717) 238-2531 Fax:(717) 238-0710

Contact: Angela Barlup, Public Relations Director
Phone: 717-238-2531
Date: October 26, 2004

For Immediate Release

Only a Safe Toy is the Right Toy

Harrisburg, PA -- The excitement of the holiday season is upon us. As we search for those special gifts for our loved ones, we must remember that safety is also an issue, especially for the young children in our families. Toys are a young child's joy at the holidays, they spark imagination and can provide hours of entertainment. Yet, the hidden dangers can abruptly turn your joyful celebration into a holiday tragedy. Although fewer and fewer toys are hazardous, adults should choose toys wisely. Too often, adults select toys that appeal to them rather than choosing an appropriate toy for the child.

The most important guideline is to select a toy that is suitable for your child's age. First check the labels for the age recommendations. Toys recommended for children older than three may still contain parts that could present a chocking hazard. Choose toys that the child can handle, although the toy may say that it is suitable for an eight year old, not all eight year olds are mature enough to operate that particular toy. If the toy requires adult supervision while being used, before buying it, make sure that supervision will be available.

Protecting children from unsafe toys is the responsibility of everyone. Careful toy selection and proper supervision of children while at play is always the best way to protect your child's safety during the holiday season. Please join the Tri-County Association for the Blind in promoting a safe 2004 Holiday Season.

Tri-County Association for the Blind is a private non-profit organization, serving the blind and visually impaired in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. The Association works to improve the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired, helping each person achieve his or her full potential and maximum independence. The Association's services include: Access Technology, Prevention of Blindness, Radio Reading Service, Social Services, a Production Facility, Janitorial Service and a Carpeting Department. Our Prevention of Blindness and Social Service Programs are funded in part through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.

For more information on Tri-County Association for the Blind, call (717) 238-2531 or visit our web site at

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