European Commission launches a campaign for the safety of toys

The European Commission launched today an information campaign to ensure the safety of Christmas shopping

Safe and fun is the perfect combination, but it is actually not so obvious! What makes a toy safe to use will depend not only on the toy itself, but also on how it is used and the age of the child. What should you look for as a parent, to know if a toy is safe or not for your child? To offer some good advice, European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani is launching the European Toy Safety Campaign, intended to show how to get the safest toys, and how to use them safely. A video clip to be aired on TV stations around Europe explains the issues, reinforced by a card with safety tips to be handed out to consumers all over the EU when they are buying toys.

More information related to new EU rules to strengthen toy safety: IP/11/908

Tips to keep in mind while toy shopping:
Never buy toys that do not have the CE marking

The CE marking is a commitment from the toy maker that the toy complies with all applicable EU safety rules, amongst the strictest world wide.

Do not buy toys with small detachable parts for children under 3 years of age

Choking is a particular risk for children under 3 years old, because they tend to put everything in their mouths! Toys bearing this symbol are not suitable for children under 3.

Read all warning and instructions
Be aware of age and safety recommendations and take them seriously! Make sure the toy is appropriate for a child’s age - consider he’s temperament, habits, and behaviour whenever you buy a new toy.

Keep an eye on children as they play
Make sure that all toys are played with as intended and are suitable for the age and abilities of the child. Supervising children while they play ensures safety while having fun.

Always buy toys from trustworthy shops and online outlets
They take care about the toys they sell and will usually accept returns. Carefully check toys bought second-hand and toys given away by friends. As they are older, they may not meet current safety standards.

Always report a safety problem with a toy to the manufacturer or the retailer where you bought it.
Postcards handed out in shops
Many toy shops in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Greece, Romania, the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Ireland, and Austria will distribute in their shops the cards with the toy safety tips. Toy shops interested in joining the campaign, may contact the European Commission

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