Health Canada

Health Canada

December 17, 2013 10:00 ET

Harper Government Reminds Canadians to Make Smart Toy Choices this Holiday Shopping Season

Canadians encouraged to sign up for recall notices and alerts at healthycanadians.gc.ca

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 17, 2013) - Today, Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams on behalf of Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, hosted a toy safety demonstration to highlight the importance of making safe toy choices when shopping for children this holiday season and encouraged Canadians to visit healthycanadians.gc.ca, a one stop shop for consumers.

"When choosing the perfect gift for a child in your life this holiday season, start by reading the toy label," said Parliamentary Secretary Adams. "Unsafe toys can put a child at risk for illness or injury, so it's important to make sure that the toys you select are well made and age-appropriate."

When buying toys for children of any age, consumers should always follow these 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;

  • Look for sturdy, well-made toys; and,

  • Look for toys that come with contact information for the manufacturer or importer.

Toys can be recalled for health and safety reasons. Our free Recalls and Safety Alerts application for Apple, Android and BlackBerry delivers up-to-date and reliable health and safety information right to your smartphone. Canadians are encouraged to sign up through the Healthy Canadians web site.

"Toys should be a source of holiday fun for kids," said Diane Brisebois, President and CEO of the Retail Council of Canada. "Before buying a toy, consumers should always do their homework to make sure they are making appropriate choices."

Once the toys are at home, parents and caregivers should continue to be vigilant. For example, toys should be checked often for hazards like loose parts, broken pieces or sharp edges and any weak or damaged toys should be repaired or discarded. For more information, please read Health Canada's guide to toy safety Is Your Child Safe? - Playtime.

Toymakers in Canada have to make sure their products follow the rules set out in the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and associated Toys Regulation. Health Canada's Product Safety Officers regularly check for unsafe toys in the marketplace. Even so, unsafe toys can make their way into homes. Being informed and aware of potential risks will help you protect your child's health and safety.

If consumers experience a health or safety incident with a toy they have in their home, they should report it to the manufacturer or the retailer it was bought from. They can also report incidents on Health Canada's website.

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