Toy Safety issues are a concern over the holiday season

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Lisa DeLuca is a busy mom. When it comes time for Holiday shopping she has two very different ages she's looking for.

"The boys are a little older, so they're into the smaller pieces," said DeLuca. "So they like Legos and that's tougher for the girls, because they'll pick up pieces and put them toward their mouth."

Joan Lawrence, the senior vice president of safety affairs for The Toy Association, says age awareness is the biggest thing shoppers need to pay attention to.

"Older kids toys will have small parts. That's really important to keep those away from those younger children," said Lawrence.

To see if a toy is safe, use a toilet paper roll. If the part fits into the roll it's too small for kids ages three and younger. Lawrence says you can still get the products -- just keep them away from the younger kids.

"You can look on a package and see its marked," said Lawrence. "Keep an eye out for those labels."

The U.S. has strict safety standards that every toy must meet, from its physical parts to its chemical makeup. But consumers should always inspect the toys themselves to look for defects or poor design.

Also, if you're ordering online, you also want to be careful where you're ordering from.

"We always recommend to shop with a retailer that you know and trust," said Lawrence. "You want to go with someone you know will be around if there's an issue.

It's also suggested that you read online reviews, look for the age grade and safety guidelines, and pay attention to recalls, so if there is an issue, you can catch it quickly.

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