This news update on the importance of toy safety is brought to you by The Government of Canada.
In North America, Black Friday is increasingly becoming one of the busiest holiday shopping days of the year. This year, Black Friday is November 28 and Canada, the United States and Mexico are working cooperatively to remind consumers about the importance of toy safety.
Today, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Wai Young, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, Elliot Kaye, Chairman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Julian Juarez, Deputy Head of Mission from the Embassy of Mexico, representing the Consumer Protection Federal Agency (Profeco), visited Health Canada’s Product Safety Laboratory and shared the following toy safety tips:
- Purchase age appropriate toys, as toys for older children may contain small parts or other hazards that may make them unsafe for young children.
- Read and follow the age labels, warnings, safety messages and assembly instructions that come with a toy.
- Purchase sturdy, well-made toys.
- Purchase toys that come with contact information for the manufacturer or importer.
- Promptly remove and discard all toy packaging like plastic bags, plastic wrap, foam, staples, ties and film protectors. A child can suffocate or choke on these items.
- Teach children of all ages that small magnets and small items containing magnets should never be placed in their mouth.
- Always supervise children and teach them how to use toys safely.
For more information on the importance of toy safety, please visit The Government of Canada link above. Please contact Nexreg for Label Services.