TIA Exhibits at American Academy of Pediatrics Conference; Delivers Toy Safety Message

October 28, 2013 | For the second year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) hosted a booth at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition, which took place in Orlando, Florida from October 26-28, 2013. TIA representatives spoke with pediatricians and other children’s health professionals to deliver information on the safety of toys sold in the U.S. and offer TIA’s toy safety resources to medical staff, patients and their families.

“As the largest pediatrics-focused medical education event and exhibition in the world with 13,000 medical experts in attendance, the AAP Conference was the perfect opportunity to discuss toy safety with those whose professions center on the well-being of kids,” said Joan Lawrence, TIA vice president of standards and regulatory affairs. “As a result of our exhibit, thousands of copies of TIA’s Fun Play, Safe Play brochures in both English and Spanish are now being shipped to hundreds of doctors’ office waiting rooms across the country, where families will be able to freely access our tips and guidelines for choosing age-appropriate toys and keeping children safe at play.”

TIA also distributed small parts testing cylinders to health care professionals visiting the booth, who will be able to use them as a visual aid to inform parents and caregivers about identifying small parts of toys and other household items that might be found in a child’s environment.   

“Our purpose in being there was to provide pediatricians with the resources they need to have good conversations with parents and families about toys and toy safety,” added Lawrence.

While at the conference, TIA was also recognized as a leader in the development of battery standards in toys and therefore invited to participate in a battery ingestion task force that is being led by AAP physicians and includes doctors, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and others.

For more information about TIA’s toy, play and safety resources for parents and caregivers, visit www.ToyInfo.org.