Toy safety better, but be vigilant
MUMS and dads playing Santa this Christmas can be reassured that retailers are selling the safest batch of festive toys for five years.
Of nearly 6500 product lines checked this year, only seven had to be taken off the shelves, mostly because they had small or detachable parts that presented a choking hazard.
However it was a reminder that parents need to be mindful of the 5 S's of product safety - size, shape, surface, strings and supervision.
The smaller the child the bigger the toy should be, and be wary of products that may be easily swallowed or have sharp edges or points.
Make sure all finishes are non-toxic, be aware of strings and always supervise children.