safetyIntroduction | Glossary | Toy Facts | What to look for | What to do if a Toy is Unsafe
The law says that sellers have to trade safely and must not sell dangerous or unsafe goods. Because children may be unable to look after themselves there are special safety rules about many of the things they use. The rules have been made to try to prevent accidents. Check before you buy.
These are safety warnings. They tell you how old children must be to play safely with a particular toy.
Avoid toys with small parts for young children. These can be inhaled, cause choking or be put into ears or noses. Beware of small parts which can become loose or be bitten off.
Fillings in soft toys can choke young children. Check all seams are secure.
TOYS WITH HAIR
Loose hair is a serious choking hazard to young children. Check all hair is securely attached.
Don't buy any toy which children are likely to put in their mouths because they think it is food.
TOYS AND SWEETS
Sweets sold as part of a toy may confuse some children. Will the child be confused?
Examine toys for sharp or rough edges, points or splinters.
Be aware that toys which fold or have hinges may trap children's fingers. Check that locking devices work properly.
Don't buy cot or pram toys with long or loose strings. These can become entangled with a child's body or cause strangulation.
TOYS THAT FLY
Bullets, arrows and other toys that fly through the air can be dangerous. Consider if the child might misuse such toys. Follow all instructions and warnings.
- An unsafe toy can cause a tragedy.
- Choking accidents are the most common.
- Only buy toys which are suitable for the age of the child.
- Always read and follow all warnings and instructions. Don't throw them away.
- Don't let children play with broken toys.
- Misused toys can be dangerous.
- Toys bought for older children may be a danger to younger brothers and sisters.
- Tidy up toys after use so that nobody trips over them.
- ALWAYS BUY TOYS FROM REPUTABLE TRADERS
What to look for
This is required to be on all toys.
Toys made by members of the British Toy and Hobby Association carry this mark to show they meet all current safety standards.
This tells you the age of a child that the manufacturer feels can use the toy safely.
These offer guidance which must be followed.
These tell you how to use the toy safely.
What to do if a Toy is Unsafe
- STOP the child playing with the toy.
- REPORT the matter to us on 686530 or mail us.
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