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While adults can use many products safely, there are infant and nursery items, toys, furnishings and home wares that present risks to babies and young children.

Babies have limited movement, strength and ability to tell you when things go wrong. This means they can get stuck in dangerous situations and have no way of helping themselves.

As children are developing physically and mentally, they experiment with their environment and may play with products in unusual and inappropriate ways.

Left to their own devices, young children will place anything and everything in their mouths. They will also reach up for things that can harm them and climb up on furniture that they can fall off or that can topple on them.

As a parent or carer, you have a crucial role in protecting babies, infants and children from risks associated with products.

This page provides links to information that can help you keep your children or the children you care for safe.

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Tips, myths and FAQs

For all tips related to consumer safety, view Consumer focused tips.

For all myths related to consumer safety, view Consumer focused myths.

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Recalls

Recalls

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Alerts

Treadmills are a convenient way for adults to stay fit, but they can be extremely dangerous for infants and children. Children have been caught in treadmills as recently as this January. Check out the hazards and some simple tips on using and storing treadmills safely.

Safety issues

This page provides information about Bisphenol A, a chemical widely used in plastic and metal food containers and some plastic eating utensils.
This page provides information about chemicals in consumer products.
This page provide safety information about flammable clothing.
This page provides information about formaldehyde in consumer products.
Following a series of product recalls in the United States of timber cots with drop sides, concern has been raised about the safety of drop side cots.
This section provides information on phthalates in consumer products.
Tumble dryers can cause household fires.
This section provides information on unsafe furniture.
This page provides information about how to avoid buying unsafe products in an online environment.
This section provides information on risks associated with unsafe second-hand products.
This page provides information on how to avoid injuries and drownings related to common water hazards.

Tips

There are various things to consider when buying products for your children. Follow these tips to keep your children safe.

Statistics

An average of around 400 children a year in Victoria alone require hospital treatment for injuries related to infant and nursery products.

Source: VictoriaMonash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)

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