Toys are a cherished part of childhood. To make playtime as safe as possible, choose toys that are right for your child's age — and follow all warnings, safety messages and assembly instructions. Be involved! It's important for parents to supervise children's play, and to teach them how to use their toys safely.
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Trampolines and bouncy castles (inflatable play structures)
Use of trampolines and bouncy castles (inflatable play structures) are becoming increasingly popular at people’s homes. While children enjoy playing on these products, using them incorrectly can cause injuries.
General toy safety tips
In Canada, all toys are regulated to make sure they are safe for use by children. Even so, unsafe toys can make their way onto store shelves and into homes. Being informed and aware of potential risks will help you protect your child's health and safety.
The batteries required to run many of today's toys contain harmful substances like acids and heavy metals. Here are some guidelines to help you keep playtime safe.
Soft vinyl toys
In December 2010, the Government of Canada restricted the use of six chemicals (phthalates) in the soft vinyl of children's toys and child care articles such as bath toys, baby bibs and teethers.
Using a second-hand toy
Use caution when shopping for children at garage sales or second-hand value shops. All too often products sold at garage sales do not meet current safety requirements.
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