Santa Claus visits Lake Apex Photo Sarah Fleming / Gatton Star
Santa Claus visits Lake Apex Photo Sarah Fleming / Gatton Star Sarah Fleming

Buy safe this Christmas with the Safe Santa Checklist

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a Safe Santa Checklist to ensure people buy safe presents this Christmas.

"The checklist will help you pick safe presents so, for example, a child doesn't end up receiving a toy under the Christmas tree with parts that could cause them to choke," ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard said.

"Following the checklist will also help keep you up to date on the latest information on Australian recalls and product safety issues."

Safe Santa checklist

While you're Christmas shopping, check:
1. Any warning labels or safety information. The item might not be safe for the person you're buying for.

2. Toys are age-appropriate. Check the age-grading on the packaging - it's there for safety as well as child development reasons.

3. Toys for three-year olds and under don't present a choking hazard. Make sure no small parts can come off, and ensure no toy can fit into a cylinder pencil sharpener or film canister (approximate diameter 32 mm).

4. You're not purchasing a banned product by mistake. Even innocent-looking products could be subject to one of the 22 permanent bans that are in place right now: www.productsafety.gov.au/bans


Before you shop, check:

1. No products on your shopping list have been recalled. Download the Recalls Android or iPhone app or check the Recalls website to find out.

2. You're following ACCC Product Safety on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for the latest info on product safety in Australia. 

3. You're getting email alerts and/or RSS feeds from www.productsafety.gov.au and www.recalls.gov.au.

Meanwhile the ACCC, along with state and territory regulators, has been doing its own list-checking by conducting product safety surveillance of children's toys in the lead up to Christmas.

The full survey results will be available mid- December. 



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