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Shoppers warned over street pedlars' danger balloons
SHOPPERS are being warned about dangerous balloons that “pose a risk of strangulation to the child” which are being sold by street pedlars in the town centre.
Attached to the balloons are flexible plastic spiral cords, which trading standards warn could be life-threatening to a youngster.
Officers confiscated a batch of the balloons from a pedlar in Church Square last week, and watchdogs are warning customers to stay away from poor quality toys over the summer.
Costing only a few pounds each, the toys are often impulse buys.
However trading standards officers warn they often represent poor value for money and, in some cases, are dangerous.
Officers are concerned that the toys are not always properly labelled and that some importers fail to show any sign that their products have passed the required safety tests.
Parents are being urged by trading standards to ‘shop around’ when buying treats for their children this summer, and to make a few simple checks before they buy.
They should check that every product bears a ‘CE’ mark, as well as the full name and address of its manufacturer or importer.
Products should also come with an age suitability recommendation, and a full set of instructions.
Parents are also reminded that if they choose to buy from street pedlars, there is very little chance of getting a refund if the product turns out to be faulty.
If you have any concerns about goods you have bought or require further information about recognising faulty products they are asked to contact the Trading Standards team on 08454 04 05 06.
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