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Dangers of Choking

Button batteries, toys and novelty goods – it must be Christmas!

These tiny batteries are found in a range of household items at any time of year. But the risk escalates in the lead up to Christmas when flashing and musical Santa hats, Christmas cards and decorations flood the market, beacuse these are just the kind of novelty items that children adore.

The batteries are also found in many children’s toys and books. But while these products are required to have a screwed-down cover, novelty items aren’t, and they pose a big risk to children.


Buying presents for kids is fun for everyone but it’s important to make sure that the toys you buy are safe. 

  • Always head to reputable retailers. Markets, car boot sales or temporary shops may sell illegally imported toys that don’t meet strict toy safety requirements. These toys may seem like a bargain but they are not built to safe standards and could be dangerous for little ones.
  • Make sure you look at the age range on the toy packaging, as babies and toddlers can choke on small parts or swallow harmful parts of the toy. Toys that are not meant for young children are clearly marked.

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