Blitz begins on Christmas toy safety

SAFETY bells are jingling as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) begins its annual toy safety blitz to ensure toys sold for Christmas meet Australian safety standards.

Ipswich Consumers are urged to be careful with what they buy for the festive season as OFT targets portable swimming pools, toys for children under three and children's toys containing magnets.

Banned products, projectile toys, finger paints and toys containing lead, and toys containing batteries, are also under scrutiny.

Fair Trading acting executive director Sharon Simmers said it was essential for toy retailers to do their homework and check that all products met safety standards.

Traders can find information on toy safety standards and product bans at

Any toys suspected of being unsafe can be reported to the OFT at