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Christmas is here, but how safe is your tree and the presents for your kids? Parents and carers should be vigilant to the risks that make the household a hazard this Christmas.
Small button batteries, which can be found inside electronic Christmas cards, toys, keyrings, games, remote controls and watches, are particularly dangerous and can cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities if swallowed. Button or coin batteries are also found in flashing reindeer noses, Santa hats, earrings and flame-free candles. Only toys must have a screwed down battery compartment but these other products are easily opened, break or split leaving the battery accessible and interesting to children and toddlers. See http://www.thebatterycontrolled.com.au.
Qld Fair Trading officers conducted 291 compliance checks at retailers, pop up shops and importer warehouses in the search for unsafe toys. More than 4,000 product lines were inspected and toys for children under three were found to have the most safety failures this year.
For a full list and photos of this year's unsafe toys visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au.
Parents and carers should follow the Five S's of Toy Safety:
Also keep in mind these safety tips from the ACCC when shopping for toys this Christmas:
As well as this, when decorating the Christmas tree, parents should make sure they don’t use decorations that may cause harm. Carefully consider the size and material of ornaments which should not include any parts that may come loose or detached and remember that objects such as lights or tinsel can become a strangulation hazard if they are longer than 30 centimetres. Keep lights toward the top of the tree and away from small children. Also, some older recalled lights are electric shock and fire hazards.
If you were considering purchasing a trampoline this Christmas, keep in mind that hundreds of Australian children are taken to hospital each year with trampoline related injuries. Always supervise children on trampoline and the golden rule is one child at a time. As a preventative method, trampolines should include safety pads that cover the frame and springs. Trampolines should be placed on a level, soft surface such as a lawn and never on concrete. For more information on trampolines and the type of injuries click here.
Cooling off by the pool or buying a wading pool for the kids? Portable pools 30cm or deeper are required by law to have a fence. Closely supervise children in and around a pool and keep them within arms length, empty small pools after use and hang up (so they don’t collect rain), don’t ask older children to supervise toddlers and remember that even children who know how to swim can get a fright and forget to swim. Lastly, seconds count so learn to resuscitate.
Check that you are not purchasing a banned product by mistake. Even ‘innocent’-looking products could be subject to one of the permanent bans that are in place.
Finally, be careful when buying toys and other products online. They may not meet mandatory Australian safety requirements. ACCC tips for online shopping.