WITH less than 110 days to go until Christmas, Fair Trading officers are inspecting the quality of toys being sold in stores right across Queensland.
It’s all part of Operation Safe Christmas 2018, with officers particularly looking out for banned items and toys marketed for young children.
Fair Trading Acting Executive Director Sharon Simmers said state-wide proactive checks were already underway.
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Ms Simmers said as the Christmas shopping season gets underway, it was important to ensure the toys on the selves met safety benchmarks.
“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’,” Ms Simmers said.
“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 Fair Trading inspectors will also be focusing heavily on pop-up stalls 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).