With a huge spike in online shopping this year due to coronavirus restrictions, it’s more important than ever to ensure the presents bought from the internet are safe for your loved ones.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has issued advice about how to ensure the products you buy online are safe to use – especially if you’re buying for children.
From checking the validity of a seller to making sure button batteries are securely locked away, the advice will protect you from buying and gifting potentially-dangerous items.
Ashley Martin, RoSPA’s public health adviser, said: “When we’re shopping on the high street we can be reassured that, when buying from major and reputable retailers, the gifts we buy will all adhere to safety standards.
“Shopping online can be a minefield, and it’s vital that we know the products we’re buying are safe to use, as some items, including toys, can cause serious or even potentially-fatal injuries.
“By taking a few sensible steps, you can ensure you’re shopping safe for a happy Christmas.”
RoSPA’s tips for shopping safely online:
- Check the validity and reputation of the seller and manufacturer. Look for a name and address, and if you can’t see one, don’t buy from them. Also, check reviews about the items you’re buying and about the seller you’re buying from (this is also a good tip for shopping on the high street!)
- Check any products you’re buying carry the CE mark or Lion mark
- Make sure the toy is suitable for the child – check the age range. Some toys will contain small parts that can be swallowed, or sharp or pointy edges, so these aren’t suitable for smaller children
- If the toy you’re buying contains button batteries, ensure it has a lockable battery compartment. This is a requirement of toy safety regulations, as these batteries cause serious injuries, and even death, if swallowed
- Take care with products that contain small magnets as these have caused serious injury to young children when swallowed
- Remember, Christmas novelties (such as decorative Santas, snow globes and other decorations) are not toys, and so do not adhere to the same standards. They could be dangerous for children to play with
- Take nothing for granted! When you receive the items, check them thoroughly before gifting them.
For more information, see www.rospa.com/christmas