‘Check before you wrap’ Christmas toy safety advice from Warwickshire Trading Standards

No one wants to give (or receive) a dangerous toy this Christmas so whether you are still buying toys as Christmas presents or are now getting down to wrapping them, Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards has some advice from you.

Warwickshire County Councillor Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:

“Follow Warwickshire Trading Standards toy safety guide and have an enjoyable and, above all, safe Christmas”

ALways remember, when buying toys for Christmas:

  • Where possible, buy your toys from reputable sellers. You may pay a little more but that’s often to ensure the product has had quality and safety checks
  • Cheap counterfeit versions of products, especially the latest fad or toy, are often poor quality and can easily break or, in some cases, be dangerous
  • Look for the CE mark and ensure that the present you are giving is age suitable for the child receiving it. The voluntary Toy and Hobby Association ‘Lion Mark’ is also an indicator that the product complies with legal safety rules.
  • If the toy is second hand, check it for damage (loose fabric or hair or small component parts that a child could choke on and toys with sharp points and edges or finger traps)
  • Button batteries power many small toys but are especially dangerous if swallowed. Battery compartments should be lockable. Keep all batteries out of the reach of young children
  • Report a dangerous toy to Warwickshire Trading Standards on 03454 040506

For more toy safety advice visit: https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/product/toy-safety/

More information about Warwickshire Trading Standards is available on the Warwickshire Website: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards