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Buying safe and suitable toys this Christmas

If you are buying toys this Christmas, make sure they are safe and suitable.

Be sure to follow these simple steps:

  • Choose only quality toys from reputable shops or suppliers.  A cheap toy isn’t a bargain if someone gets hurt!

  • Take care when buying toys online. Check the seller history and buyer reviews as some imports may be counterfeit and do not conform to safety standards.

  •  Make sure the toy has a CE mark before you buy it – this means that it meets the required safety standard. Also look out for the ‘Lion Mark’ which indicates that the toy is made to the highest safety and quality standard. 

  • Be careful with novelty items and decorations which look like toys.  These will not have been tested to ensure they meet toy safety standards.  

  • Make sure they toy is suitable for the child’s age and be wary of young children playing with older children’s toys. 

  • Check safety warnings and age restrictions.

  • Remove and dispose of any plastic packaging once the gift is opened.

For more advice make sure you read this safety leaflet provided by Office for Product Safety & Standards 

Remember...a safe Christmas is a happy Christmas!
For more information, advice or to report an unsafe toy, contact Environmental Health on T. 028 9034 0160 or E. envhealth@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk