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BTHA launches online toy safety guide for parents

Find out what’s safe and what’s not at this new online resource.


Posted: 14 September 2007
by Monica Stylli


British Toy & Hobby Association
This week the British Toy & Hobby Association launched an online toy safety guide for concerned parents. In the light of recent product recalls on children’s toys, many people have questions about what’s safe and what’s not.

The web page can be found at www.btha.co.uk/parents_page and it includes information such as guides to buying safe toys, avoiding potentially unsafe toys and maintaining a safe playing environment for children.

Top tips for buying toys include:

  • Always look for the toy safety marks - in the UK these are the Lion Mark, which is used only by BTHA members who have signed up to a very strict Code of Practice and the CE mark
  • Make sure to read and follow the recommended age labelling and look for any warnings or safety messages on the packaging. For example, check carefully for the words "not suitable for children under 36 months"
  • If in any doubt as to where to buy toys, always go to reputable dealers or shops and avoid street traders, car boot sales and fairgrounds
  • If buying a toy that does not have a Lion Mark, check for loose fur, securely sewn seams, sharp or rough edges, loose eyes and noses and small parts that may cause choking
  • Always consider the home environment, as those toys bought for older children may not be suitable for younger brothers and sisters
  • Even the best made toys can get broken, so regularly check children's toys for safety. If the toy cannot be repaired properly, throw it away

The BTHA Parents' Page also contains links to websites of toy manufacturers who currently have a recall in progress. This area of the site is updated on a regular basis to allow parents to act swiftly if need be.


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