Dollhouse Safety Tips- Ensuring Your Child’s Playtime is Safe and Fun

You could assume that playing with a dollhouse is a nice and safe activity for your child, and it mostly is, but I would like to share some dollhouse safety tips with you because there are a few things to consider that you might not have thought of.

And you can never be too sure and safe, right?

Let’s just dive straight into things.

Why does dollhouse safety matter?

Dollhouses and toys in general can be dangerous to your child and are not to be underestimated, but adults (yes adults haha), need to take care too.

Of course, there is no need for alarm or panic, but according to Stanford’s Children’s hospital, 217000 children per year end up in the emergency room for toy-related injuries.

97% doesn’t need hospitalization, but it is always better to be safe than sorry and I will talk about a few precautions in this article to keep your child (and you) safe.

As for dollhouses and miniatures, the biggest concern here is a choking hazard.

Age-Appropriate Play: Understanding Toy Safety Guidelines

Toys, whether they are dollhouses, building blocks, mechanic things, or others, must be safe and reliable.

In recent years, there has been a more global focus on the quality and safety of toys in general.

Because most of the world’s toy production is happening in China (70% of the world’s production), the toy industry is intertwined internationally and concerns for children’s safety are worldwide.

This is why the interest in international safety standards has increased.

Because of this, the ISO 8124 series of standards has been developed by the “International Standards Organization” (ISO).

To develop these ISO series, the following standards were used:

  • Set of standards for toy safety called EN 71, a European standard
  • the standard consumer safety specification for Toy Safety, by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

What do these safety standards actually mean?

The ISO 8124 standard includes the criteria for the characteristics of toys, such as shape, size, small parts, sharp points and edges, and hinge gaps.

These actual standards contain an extensive explanation, but I will try to keep it short by saying where the emphasis is focused on:

  • The mechanical and physical parts of a toy: this standard covers all toys for children aged 14 and under and the safety considerations of these parts.

  • Flammability: This characteristic determines how an object reacts under a very small ignition source. It is mostly focused on toys with fabric like bears and dolls.

  • The use of chemicals or not is also something to take a look at for children’s health.
    Toys should have acceptable threshold values for things like arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, etc…
    I have written about eco-friendly and healthy toys before by Plantoys.

  • Safety Norms were decided in 2014 for things like swings, slides, climbing tools, and toy pools.

  • In the last decade, Phthalate in plastic has been researched a lot.
    It seems to have an impact on hormonal development and reproductive disorders, so it was included in the toy standards.

  • Another part of the toy standards is defining test methods and requirements for finger paint and body paint and packaging and labels.
    All substances like dyes, moisturizers, binders, and preservatives are covered by these requirements.
    So making sure to use non-toxic paints to avoid harmful fumes.

  • The age at which a child is allowed to begin to play with certain toys is agreed upon in these last standards.

These set toy safety standards are helping to have better communication between toy companies worldwide.

How to prevent fire and electric shocks from dollhouse electrical components?

If you or your child comes into contact with an electrical energy source, you could get an electric shock: electrical devices, circuits, and wires can all cause this.

The good news here is that you will not get electrocuted by 12 Volt electric dollhouse lighting and wires, at all, it is not a gigantic shock hazard.

A few dollhouse safety tips though that should be mentioned and that you should keep in mind:

  • Never leave a (young) child and an electrified dollhouse unsupervised, and a child under 14 years should always be supervised

  • Do not let 12V electric lighting on for more than an hour, because it can overheat, turning the transformer off in time.

  • Always read the manual before installing any miniature lights

  • If you do not have experience with wiring electricity, please do not try to install something unsupervised.

  • Always check each miniature light if it is safe before installing a complete project or when reinstalling something, because a damaged fitting can cause an electric fire.

  • This might seem obvious, but do not place a transformer or electric wires against a heat source like a fireplace or other types of an open fire.

  • the same goes for water, be careful to not spill any water on electrics, because this can cause a short circuit. Also, don’t touch anything with wet hands!

  • Make sure to switch off the transformer when the lights are not in use.


DIY dollhouse building: Safe tools and protection for Dollhouse Construction

Building a dollhouse DIY is not done in 1-2-3, but besides that, you need to take precautions to work as safely as possible and use certified power tools

When I use my table saw for example to create my treehouse, I always wear safety glasses, a dust mask, and sometimes even ear protection, as these are all a big part of all the dollhouse safety tips.

Safety glasses are obviously to protect my eyes against dust or pieces “flying around” (yes, it happens on a small scale lol), ear protection when sawing a longer time, and a dust mask because I have dustmite allergy and all the wood dust really has an effect on my sinuses.

ear protection

When creating or renovating a large dollhouse, I would even use working gloves against splinters.

Also, make sure to check your power tools and regularly maintain them.

How to check the Dollhouse for Potential Hazards

When you purchase or create a dollhouse for your child, there is a checklist to consider regarding safety:

  • Check the electricity: make sure that there are no loose wires or exposed wires

  • Age-appropriate play: beware to purchase or make a dollhouse that is suited for your child’s age. Kids tend to get interested in dollhouses (roleplaying) from the age of just three years old.

  • This latter also includes too not having small pieces in your dollhouse that could cause a choking hazard because your child is too young to play with it

  • Avoid sharp edges of your dollhouse or chipped pieces

  • Beware of not having a dollhouse made with toxic substances, as explained at the beginning of this article

no loose wires

Teach your child how to play safely with dollhouses and miniatures.

Besides the precautions as explained above, you can also teach your child a few safety tips (I know that this is probably not as easy as it sounds haha 😉 )

Teach your child not to break, push or throw with a toy, as this can cause sharp edges or shipped pieces.

Teach her, or him, to not dissemble wires, walls, or to even touch any transformer or miniature lights.

But even then, please always supervise your child when playing with a dollhouse, especially under the age of 8!

Also, teach your kids how to safely store away small dollhouse furniture and accessories after playing with them.

My Final Conclusion

I hope that I could inform you enough about how to create a safe play environment with all these dollhouse safety tips.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask them down below in the comment section or join me on my social media channels or Facebook group.

I wish your kid happy times while playing safely with her or his dollhouse!

Kind regards,


6 thoughts on “Dollhouse Safety Tips- Ensuring Your Child’s Playtime is Safe and Fun”

  1. Hey Lizzy,

     I came across your fascinating article on dollhouse safety, and it really made me think. I had no idea that so many kids face toy-related injuries yearly – it’s mind-blowing! The way you discussed international safety standards and the importance of being cautious with electrical components was super informative. And I appreciate your emphasis on teaching kids to play safely while always keeping an eye on them. Your article opened my eyes to a topic I hadn’t considered before. 

    Keep up the great work, Liza!


    • Hi Amyas!

      I am glad that I could help you with all this information on dollhouse safety and I hope your child always will be safe from harm! I was glad to help!

      Kind regards


  2. Hi Lizzy, thank you for such a wonderful article on dollhouse safety! I didn’t know there were this many cautions in a dollhouse.  

    Thank you for highlighting each potential hazard and explaining what can happen.  

    A lot goes into dollhouses and the more you know the better.  I also didn’t realize that there were eco friendly and healthy toys.  It didn’t even dawn on me that there could be lead or arsenic poisoning!

    Thank you for sharing!!

    • Hi Jenny!

      Yes , it is always better to check if a dollhouse has made the international safety standards, and especially when building a dollhouse DIY, make sure to keep it safe for your child 😉

      Other then that, I hope that you and your kid will have lots of fun playing with it!

      Kind regards,


  3. I loved doll houses as a child.  They were so enthralling, so captivating.  It was my own private world and I could make it whatever I wanted it to be.  Which, for a childhood that was considerably far from ideal, meant a lot.  It was sanity making for me.

    Who knew there was so much to look out for, from a safety perspective!  It boggles the mind.

    Thank you for you thorough and well researched article.  I will certainly keep all you say in mind.


    • Hi Anna!

      Oh yes, I think that a lot of kids,boys and girls, loved dollhouses as a child and lots of us still do haha!

      You are very welcome and keep on playing!

      Kind regards,



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