DO NOT assume that all toys on shelves in Singapore are safe to play with.
Considerations such as where the toy was made, what materials it is made of and whether it is age-appropriate are more important that just the cute factor.

More than 70 people - mostly parents - were given these pointers at a toy safety seminar organised by the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) on Saturday at Paya Lebar's Singapore Post Centre.

There are two types of toy hazards, said the head of emergency medicine at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Dr Ng Kee Chong, who was one of four experts speaking at the seminar: Those due to the physical mechanics of the toy and those due to its chemistry make-up.

'Some toys have sharp parts that can cut a child, or small pieces that can be a choking hazard. Toys can also contain lead,' said Dr Ng. 'In the long run, exposure can lead to vomiting, stomach ache and even brain developmental problems.'

The seminar comes on the back of recent cases in which harmful materials were found in toys globally, including Singapore.

Toying with danger