Toy safety at Christmas

December 8, 2014

If you’re buying a toy for a child it is important to know that what you’re buying is safe. We have a number of tips to help you choose a safe toy this Christmas:

  • Check to make sure that the toy you are thinking of buying has the CE mark. Any toy sold in Ireland must have a CE Mark. If you’re buying toys at a Christmas market or discount store, make sure it has the CE mark. However, CE marks can be faked so you need to check the toy thoroughly as well.
  • Check the age suitability labelled on the toy and watch out for any warning signs. For example – ‘Not suitable for children under three years’.
  • Check to see if there are any removable or detachable small parts, which could lodge in a child’s ears, nose or throat and that it has no sharp edges, parts that stick out, fastenings, long cords or cables. If there are don’t buy it.
  • Always buy from a reputable trader so you can return to them if there is a problem with the toy.
  • Hold on to the instructions that came with the toy. They should be clear and in a language you understand.
  • Keep any packaging that came with the gift out of the reach of children.
  • For more safety advice and tips check out our toy safety guide.

Retailers must ensure the toys they sell are safe. If you bought a toy or have seen one for sale which seemed unsafe or didn’t have a CE Mark contact us with the details of the toy and where you saw it.

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