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Only safe stocking stuffers to make Santa’s sleigh

6 September 2018

Fair Trading officers are coming to towns throughout Queensland to check toys on shelves are safe in the lead-up to Christmas.

Fair Trading Acting Executive Director Sharon Simmers said the proactive checks for Operation Safe Christmas 2018 were already underway.

“With the Christmas shopping season ramping up, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be visiting stores to check toys meet safety benchmarks,” she said.

“In particular we will be checking those types of toys which need to comply with a mandatory safety standard because they have been identified as ‘high risk’.

“Toys marketed for young children must not have small parts that could be a choking hazard.

“Small magnets are very dangerous if swallowed, so toys containing hazardous magnets must be clearly labelled, and the magnets must not be able to come loose.

“Projectile toys must have protective tips to prevent injury if they hit someone, especially in the eye.

“Officers will also be on the lookout for banned yo-yo water balls, which can be a strangulation hazard and may also be filled with a liquid that can cause illness or skin irritation.”

Ms Simmers said state-wide checks would include pop-up shops in shopping centres.

“Some of these stalls are set up specifically to sell Christmas presents, and may have cheaper goods to tempt shoppers into an impulse, last-minute buy,” she said.

“The OFT will liaise with the operators of these shops, as well as all kinds of stores, to make sure they are aware of their responsibilities under product safety laws.

“Any items found that do not comply with mandatory safety standards will be removed from sale permanently, unless they can be brought up to standard.”

Further product safety advice is available online at www.qld.gov.au/fairtrading or by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68).