The Parents’ Page online fact sheet can be found at www.btha.co.uk/parents_page. Designed to be a first port of call for parents, or carers, who have any questions or doubts about toy safety, the page guides them through the process of buying safe toys, avoiding potentially unsafe toys and maintaining a safe playing environment for children.
Top tips for buying toys include:
• Always look for the toy safety marks – the Lion Mark and the CE mark
• Make sure to read and follow the recommended age labelling and look for any warnings or safety messages on the packaging.
• Buy toys from reputable dealers or shops and avoid street traders, car boot sales and fairgrounds
• If buying a toy that does not have a Lion Mark, check for loose fur, securely sewn seams, sharp or rough edges, loose eyes and noses and small parts that may cause choking
• Always consider the home environment, as those toys bought for older children may not be suitable for younger brothers and sisters.
• Regularly check children’s toys for safety. If the toy cannot be repaired properly, throw it away.
The BTHA Parents’ Page also contains links to websites of toy manufacturers who currently have a recall in progress. This area of the site will be updated frequently to make it easier for parents to find, quickly and easily, recall information allowing them to act swiftly, keeping their children safe.
“It’s understandable that parents may have concerns about toy safety and are finding it confusing and complicated to access the information they need,” commented David Hawtin, BTHA director general.
“The BTHA’s most important duty is promoting the highest possible standards of safety toy design and manufacturing. That’s why we launched the Lion Mark in 1989 to assist consumers to identify safe toys and also why we are launching this online guide for parents.”
The BTHA is also spearheading a Toy Summit, which will take place on September 26th in central London. The summit will bring together leading figures from all sectors of the UK toy industry to discuss the current quality control processes and checks and how they may be strengthened in the future, as well as discussing the relationship that the industry has with China where most manufactured goods are now made.