BSI reveals top ten toy safety tips for Christmas

Press release - 27 October 2011

With Christmas only 58 days away, many parents will be starting to think about buying presents; many of which will be toys. To help inform parents and relatives, The British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched a new consumer guide on toy safety entitled ‘Playing Safe’.

Top 10 safety tips include:

  1. Choose toys suitable for the child’s age and abilities
  2. Check the child’s fingers won’t get caught in moving parts and strings or straps don’t pose a strangulation risk
  3. Don’t buy toys with small detachable parts for children under three years old
  4. Don’t give toys with heating elements to children under eight years old
  5. Don’t allow young children, especially those under three years to access toys intended for older children
  6. Always follow the instructions and warnings, and explain them to the child where appropriate
  7. When you change the batteries in a toy, change them all at once
  8. Check toys frequently for breaks and potential hazards such as splinters and sharp edges
  9. Discard plastic wrappings immediately
  10. Tidy up – toys left lying around can cause accidents 

The leaflet, which is free to download, explains the safety standards that toy manufacturers have to meet, and includes advice about buying toys and how to keep children safe while they play.

About BSI

BSI (British Standards Institution) is a global organization that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, reduce risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Famed for its marks of excellence including the instantly recognizable Kitemark®, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, construction, energy, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT and retail. With over 70,000 clients in 150 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.