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News from our partners: Christmas online toy safety campaign

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News from our partners Office for Product Safety and Standards

A Christmas online toy safety campaign has been launched by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) working in partnership with Chartered Trading Standards Institute, the Child Accident Prevention Trust, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the British Toy & Hobby Association.

Toy shopping online advice

Toy shopping online advice

OPSS has produced some safety tips on how to buy Christmas toys safely online:-

Buy toys from a reputable retailer

Check that there is a name and address for the manufacturer on the site, and if this information is not available do not buy the toy. Read ratings and reviews to make sure the retailer has a good reputation for safe and reliable toys.

Always read the warnings and instructions

Heed the age restrictions: toys must be marked with age restrictions based on risks such as choking hazards.

Check that the toy is suitable for the intended recipient

Festive novelties can look like toys when they should be kept away from children. If a child has special needs, they may be more vulnerable to certain toys.

Ensure the toy has not been recalled

Check if the toy you are buying has been recalled at Product Recall

Check for button batteries

If a toy has button batteries make sure they are safely behind a screwed-down flap.