You may be surprised at what common household items children could choke on. Things like buttons, keys, coins and hair ties are all a risk. But there are also many more.
This is where the Choke Check can help. Follow the instructions in the file to create your own Choke Check cylinder. Anything that fits totally inside the top end of the Choke Check cylinder could become lodged in a child’s throat and choke them.
As a natural part of their development, babies and young children often place items in their mouths and can easily choke or suffocate if a small object gets stuck in their throat. This is because they have underdeveloped coughing reflexes. If small objects are swallowed, they could cause internal blockages. Some small items, such as lithium button batteries and magnets, can cause serious internal injuries and even death if swallowed.
The Choke Check cylinder is similar in design to test devices used by professional safety testing companies. It mimics the size and shape of a child’s throat up to age 36 months (including the special oval-shaped tab that replicates the base of a child’s throat). It shows how easily an object can get stuck in an airway and block it.
The Choke Check is intended only as a guide for consumers and should not be relied on to check for compliance with standards and the law.
Do you have or care for children under three years old? Get the ACCC's free do-it-yourself Choke Check tool to help you identify toys and other objects that can pose choking or ingestion hazards. Watch this short instructional video to help you make the tool.