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Keep children safe

Retailers must only supply toys which are safe and meet stringent safety standards, but shoppers should be vigilant too...

* Don’t buy  toys without a “CE” mark

* Always buy from reputable shops and traders

* If buying over the internet, buy from reputable web sites to reduce the risk of being supplied with unsafe and possibly counterfeit toys

* Look for safety signs in addition to the “CE” mark (e.g. the British Toy and Hobby Association ‘Lion  mark’)

* Don’t let children play with broken toys as they may no longer comply with safety standards

* Don’t forget to keep older children’s toys away from the toddler or baby

* Always remove plastic bags before giving a toy to a child

If consumers have concerns about the safety of the toys that they have purchased, they should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.