Pamela Prentice, Campaigns Manager, Child Accident Prevention Trust, provides some top tips to help people shop safely for little ones this Christmas
Many people will be looking for bargain toys online this Christmas due to Covid-19 restrictions and extra financial pressures.
Worryingly, an increasing number of toys bought from third party sellers via online marketplaces may not meet UK safety standards.
Online marketplaces are simply offering a shop window to sellers around the world and aren’t legally required to check if a toy is safe before allowing it to be sold.
Dangers can include:
This Christmas, the Child Accident Prevention Trust is offering advice to help families buy toys safely.
We advise parents that, if they are able to, to buy direct via the websites of well-known brand names.
If they’re buying from an online marketplace, they can enter a reputable brand name when they search for the toy to be sure it’s safe.
We’re also providing advice on how to spot clues that a toy could be dangerous.
You can help CAPT spread the word by passing on our advice to the parents you support.
There are free resources available, including:
You can find out more about the campaign and get involved at www.capt.org.uk/christmas-toys
Thank you for your help!