Deco Alert for Toy Safety

A month of Christmas and with the usual euphoria of buying toys for the little ones, Deco re-tests their safety and leaves a warning to the competent authorities, as well as tips to consumers
Deco has been testing the safety of some of the toys for sale in Portugal for more than twenty years.In this test were analyzed about 400 toys and more than half scored in the tests carried out, being that the classification varied between “bad” and mediocre.
Small parts easily detachable from toys (danger of suffocation if swallowed), poor impact resistance (danger of cuts or perforations due to the formation of pointed ends) and accessible batteries (danger of serious burns if swallowed) are some of the Problems.
Another of the problems pointed out in this study is the lack of rigor in the labeling.Many toys have the CE certification seal, placed by fabicante, but in reality there is no effective quality control.
For Teresa Belchior, the person in charge of the study, the change begins precisely with the manufacturer.”Safety of toys begins with manufacturers, who must only sell safe products in all foreseeable aspects, but both safety and labeling are not always the case, not in bad faith or lack of Safety rules but because they do not follow demanding manufacturing standards or do not exercise responsible control,”he says.
Another of the aspects pointed out in the study is sometimes the lack of the recommended age of a particular toy.According to Marta Rosa, Senior Technician at the IAC (Child Support Institute), “it is fundamental that toys indicate the age from which they are recommended.”Age is fundamental so that one can perceive to whom a toy is suitable. Was based on an age, he did it taking into account the psychological characteristics and the physical capacities.This is very important.To be putting an age limit does not make sense.But “from” is fundamental, “he concludes.
DECO further considers that additional safety measures should be implemented:
– Allocation/centralization of competences relating to the collection and processing of national data on accidents caused by toys;
– resumption of the obligation at European level of the age marking of toys;
– The creation of legislation punishing manufacturers who repeatedly produce dangerous toys.
And it also leaves 10 tips to choose a safe toy:

  1. Choose toys appropriate to the age and development of the child for whom it is intended.
  2. Read the safety warnings and operating instructions. If they do not exist or are not in Portuguese,
    Another toy.
  3. Run your hand through the edges, tips and edges and make sure there is no risk of hurting your child.
  4. Check for small parts that can be pulled out easily (for example, wheels, eyes, or hair) and fit inside an empty roll of paper
    HygienicIf so, choose another product.
  5. Make sure the batteries are in a closed, screw-tight compartment that opens with tools.
  6. Maximum care for toys with long threads: these should not exceed 22 cm, so that the child can not wrap around the neck.
  7. Folding-foot toys, such as school boards or ironing boards in, shall have a leg support system that prevents them from
    Avoid pinching fingers.
  8. Remove the toy from its packaging, especially if it is plastic, before offering it to the child.Keep the identification and address of the manufacturer or importer:it is necessary if an accident occurs.
  9. Prevent younger children from using older toys when they may pose a risk.
  10. Periodically check the toys and discard those that are damaged.