Holidays can be busy and joyous times but new toys and gifts can bring risks along with festive cheer. Health Canada would like to take this opportunity to remind all Canadians how to minimize potential hazards from new gifts by buying sturdy, well-made toys that are appropriate for your child’s age.
Toy safety tips
• Read and follow the age labels, warnings, safety messages and other instructions that come with a toy. Check for contact information of the manufacturer or importer if you have any concerns.
• Dispose immediately all toy packaging like plastic bags, plastic wrap, foam, staples, ties and protective film. A child can suffocate or choke on these items.
• Ensure batteries are not accessible to children and are properly installed by an adult.
• Supervise children at play and teach them to use their new toys safely.