Parents and caregivers are advised to purchase toys with care

Whittlesea and Hume parents and guardians are urged to shop carefully this Christmas and ensure that gifts for their young children are age appropriate and safe.

According to the state government, Consumer Affairs Victoria seized 368 dangerous toys from the shelves before Christmas, due to small parts that she said posed a choking hazard to children.

Consumer, Games and Alcohol Regulation Minister Melissa Horne said it was important to make sure all Victorians have a safe holiday season.

“It is the responsibility of companies to ensure that they stock toys that meet mandatory safety standards, but I encourage anyone who purchases toys this Christmas to read warning labels and follow safety instructions carefully. “Ms. Horne said.

“Parents and guardians can minimize the risk of purchasing unsafe products for their children by keeping toys designed for older children away from toddlers and avoiding toys with removable parts, sharp edges, spikes or splinters. “

Parents and guardians are recommended to follow a few simple tips when shopping for Christmas toys:

– Look for toys suitable for your child’s age

– Avoid toys with sharp edges, spikes or splinters

– Choose strong, well-made toys that can withstand biting and tugging without collapsing.

Parents and guardians can report a potentially unsafe product online through a complaint form on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

Details: consumer.vic.gov.au/generalcomplaint or call 1300 55 81 81.