Safety of toys top pri­or­ity

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Lit­tle bat­ter­ies and toy parts can cause chil­dren a lot of harm.

Adults should keep this in mind when do­ing their Christ­mas shop­ping this year, Safekids New Zealand says.

In­juries caused by coin-sized lithium or but­ton bat­ter­ies con­tained in many toys and mu­si­cal cards is an on­go­ing is­sue.

In the last three years, the Na­tional Poi­sons Cen­tre re­ceived 175 calls about chil­dren un­der six years swal­low­ing or in­sert­ing bat­ter­ies in their nose and ears.

Sixty-one chil­dren were hos­pi­talised at Star­ship hos­pi­tal from March 2009 to Fe­bru­ary last year.

Any small toy or part that can fit in­side a toi­let roll is a chok­ing hazard to a baby or small child.

Safekids New Zealand is also ask­ing adults to con­sider if a present meets New Zealand-recog­nised safety stan­dards, is easy to as­sem­ble cor­rectly, needs a hel­met or re­quires ac­tive su­per­vi­sion.

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