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Safekids Aotearoa direc­tor Ann Weaver’s safety tips:

If an ob­ject can fit in­side the hole of a toi­let roll, it’s a po­ten­tial chok­ing haz­ard for ba­bies and tod­dlers.

Un­der-5s should not eat small, round or hard foods, in­clud­ing pieces of hot dogs, cheese sticks or chunks, hard candy, nuts, grapes, marsh­mal­lows or pop­corn.

Keep small mag­nets away from chil­dren. Th­ese in­clude mag­nets found in con­struc­tion sets, chil­dren’s toys, stress­re­liev­ing adult desk toys and re­frig­er­a­tor mag­nets.

Keep cords and strings, in­clud­ing those at­tached to win­dow blinds, out of reach.

While not a chok­ing in­jury, if a child swal­lows a but­ton bat­tery, it can get stuck. Saliva trig­gers an elec­tri­cal cur­rent caus­ing se­vere burns and tis­sue dam­age within two hours.

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