Care­ful, these toys are re­ally shock­ing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By HUANG ZHILING in Chengdu huangzhiling@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chen Guangqiong, a teacher at Pao­tong­shu Pri­mary School in Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince, asked par­ents of her stu­dents on Thurs­day to keep an eye on what toys their kids are play­ing with.

Toys that can de­liver an elec­tric shock have been found on pri­mary and mid­dle school cam­puses in parts of the coun­try, she said on WeChat, an in­stant-mes­sag­ing app.

The warn­ing came in the wake of me­dia reports that such toys re­sem­bling cho­co­late, ball­point pens, chew­ing gum and hand­guns are be­ing sold in shops near pri­mary and mid­dle schools in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion’s cap­i­tal, Nan­ning.

The toys are in­ex­pen­sive. A re­porter in Nan­ning spent 70 yuan ($10.30) on a cho­co­late toy, a pen toy, a chew­ing gum toy and two hand­gun toys.

Al­though there were English words on the pack­ag­ing warn­ing that the toys could pro­duce elec­tric shocks, no trade name, fac­tory name, fac­tory ad­dress or date of man­u­fac­ture was listed.

One of the toy guns was tested in an elec­tri­cal lab­o­ra­tory of Nan­ning-based Guangxi Vo­ca­tional and Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute by He Jufeng, a se­nior tech­ni­cian, dur­ing an in­ter­view by China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion.

The gun emit­ted more than 600 volts upon dis­charge. Stan­dard elec­tri­cal cur­rent in homes and busi­nesses in China is 220 volts. volts

are emit­ted by an in­ex­pen­sive toy gun upon dis­charge.

volts

is the stan­dard elec­tri­cal cur­rent in homes and busi­nesses.

Ac­cord­ing to He, the toy doesn’t de­liver con­tin­u­ous cur­rents, so a per­son’s body can nor­mally dif­fuse it eas­ily with­out last­ing dam­ages.

But He said that chil­dren and peo­ple with heart con­di­tions should avoid such toys to pre­vent un­nec­es­sary risks.

Par­ents of school­child­ren in some parts of the coun­try have alerted each other to the dan­ger of the toys. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia reports, the toys have also been found in He­nan and Jiangxi prov­inces.

Xiao Lin, a mid­dle-aged woman whose hus­band is the prin­ci­pal of a pri­vate pri­mary school in Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince, said on Fri­day that many pupils’ par­ents have warned each other through WeChat to pre­vent their chil­dren from play­ing with the dan­ger­ous toys.

It is not the first time that toys have dis­turbed the par­ents of school­child­ren.

Last month, a kind of minia­ture cross­bow that shoots tooth­picks and nee­dles was found to be pop­u­lar among pri­mary and mid­dle school stu­dents in some parts of the coun­try, in­clud­ing Yun­nan, Shan­dong and He­nan prov­inces.

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