Have a jolly safe Christmas

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As Christmas fast approaches, many of us will be starting to scour the high streets and online for those perfect gifts so with this in mind Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is offering advice on buying safe and suitable toys.

The Christmas shopping experience can give you all those festive feels but with all the frenzy and flurry, you can also very easily lose track of what you’re buying. So, whether you’re browsing online or in store, it’s important to protect yourself and those you’re buying for.

With the variety of toys on offer, the occasional second-rate product can sneak onto the market, which is why it is so important to be mindful of product safety.

“Buying a toy for a child at Christmas is no easy feat, making sure it is suitable and appropriate can be tricky, but by following these top safety tips, we can make sure the chosen toy is a safe one,” commented Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Mealla Campbell

Avoid bagging any unwanted surprises by following these simple steps,

  • Choose only quality toys from reputable shops or suppliers – a cheap toy isn’t a bargain if someone gets hurt!
  • Take care when buying toys online, check the seller history and buyer reviews as some imports may be counterfeit and do not conform to safety standards.
  • Check safety warnings and age restrictions.
  • Make sure the toy has a CE mark before you buy it, this means that it meets the required safety standard. Also look out for the ‘Lion Mark’ which indicates that the toy is made to the highest quality standard.
  • Be careful with novelty items and decorations, which look like toys, these will not have been tested to ensure they meet the safety standards.
  • Make sure the toy is suitable for the child’s age and be wary of young children playing with older children’s toys.
  • Remove and dispose of any plastic packaging once the gift is opened and recycle where possible.

For further information or advice or to report an unsafe product, contact Environmental Health on 0300 0300 900 or email