The festive season and summer school holidays are a great time to grab some new toys to keep the tamariki entertained. But not all toys are as safe you might expect. The risk and potential for harm depends on the age of the child.
Avoid toys and household items with button batteries
Button batteries can cause serious injuries and health risks, and in some cases be fatal if swallowed. Young children (0-5 years) are particularly vulnerable to button batteries because of the small size of their oesophagus and because they naturally put small objects in their mouths, ears or noses.
Avoid purchasing toys with button batteries and keep any products containing button batteries such as remote controls, key fobs and weigh scales out of reach.
Button batteries(external link) — Trading Standards
Small high-powered magnets are banned for sale
Small high-powered magnets can pose serious health risks if swallowed and have been banned for sale in New Zealand. If you do have them in your house store them out of reach from young children and make sure older children are very aware of the dangers of putting them anywhere near their mouths.
High-powered magnets(external link) — Trading Standards
Buying safe bikes
Safe bicycles are correctly fitted to the size of your child (don’t buy them to grow into). Always check with the seller that the bike you are buying complies with the New Zealand safety standard.
Bicycles(external link) — Trading Standards
Avoid common injuries from swings, slides and trampolines
Falls and injuries from play equipment such as swings, slides and trampolines can be avoided by keeping the ground clear around them and ensuring that they are used with adult supervision.
Jump, swing and play safely(external link) — Trading Standards
Use water toys with caution
All water play requires adult supervision. Remember that aquatic toys and flotation devices are not safety devices and should only be used for the age, weight and use described. Toys for use in a paddling pools are unlikely to be safe for use at the beach or river.
Water toys(external link) — Trading Standards