Dr Anthony Lynham


Toy safety checks

toy safety

16 December, 2019 –

It’s important for everyone to do safety checks when buying toys for children.

The rule of thumb should always be ‘the smaller the child, the bigger the toy’. Toys that are labelled as unsuitable for children under three may contain small parts that could be a choking hazard.

If buying a gift for a small child, check for any loose parts. Anything smaller than a 20 cent piece poses a choking risk.

Product Safety Australia has a handy printable Choke Check tool available on their website to help you assess the toys you buy or receive as presents.

People thinking about buying projectile toys should consider projectiles or improvised projectiles with sharp points or edges, as they can cause blindness and other serious eye injuries if they hit someone.

Avoid toys with small magnets as these can cause serious internal damage if swallowed.

Be aware of long strings over 30 cm (strangulation hazard). Be careful of elastic strings as they can stretch to dangerous lengths.

As always, it’s very important to check toys containing batteries have a battery compartment that is child resistant and secure.

Button batteries can cause severe and potentially fatal injury if swallowed.

For more information go to https://bit.ly/2RFrOfJ

Unsafe toys can be reported to the OFT at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by calling 13 QGOV (13 74 68).