Posted: Monday 5th June 2017
At the start of national Child Safety Week, Hertfordshire Trading Standards wants to help keep children safe by sharing top safety tips with parents and carers.
The cords around window blinds, as well as other cords and cables, are a hazard to babies and young children.
Our top tip: Where blind cords are looped, they should be shortened and secured, and kept well out of reach of cots and beds.
Nappy sacks have been known to choke or suffocate babies.
Our top tip: We recommend nappy sacks be purchased on a roll where possible. They should not be left in a cot or pram with a baby or young child.
Babies and toddlers can be attracted to colourful detergent liquitabs used for laundry or dishwashing machines. These liquitabs have been the cause of severe chemical burns where the strong detergent inside liquitabs has been swallowed by children, as well as causing burns to the skin where children have rubbed their eyes after handling liquitabs.
Our top tip: We strongly urge households to store these products out of reach of children, and recommend fitting cupboard catches to prevent children accessing places where chemical products are stored at home.
Button cell batteries
These batteries are found in many electronic toys and devices. They pose a risk to small children as they can be easily swallowed, where they may cause severe burns in the stomach lining.
Our top tip: We advise parents and carers to examine electronic toys and devices to ensure the battery compartment is secured by a screw, making accessing the battery inside impossible without a tool.
Many toys and other products have small but often powerful magnets in them, which are another potential cause of internal injury when swallowed.
Our top tip: Examine your child's toys and make sure magnets are not within easy access for babies and young children.
Hood cords should not be present at all in clothing for under sevens. For clothing for 7-14 year olds, the cords should neither be longer than 75mm each end, nor be capable of being pulled freely through its channel.
Our top tip: Make sure hood cords are stitched fast to prevent being pulled through the channel.
Hair straighteners continue to be scalding hot even after you've unplugged them. 90% of children burned by hair straighteners are under 5.
Our top tip: Keep straighteners out of the reach of children at all times.
For further toy safety information, follow the link to the British Toy and Hobby Association: http://www.btha.co.uk/toy-safety/
For information on the new child car booster seat regulations, please click for child car seat experts, Good Egg Safety
If you have any concerns about the safety of toy products, please contact us through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 and they will pass the details on to us at Hertfordshire Trading Standards.
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