Use consumer products safely
Every day, you probably use consumer products, like children's toys and equipment, cosmetics, electronics, clothing, and chemicals. But do you know how to use them safely?
Check the latest news about possible health risks
Health Canada provides safety alerts and recalls to let you know about health risks from the unsafe use of certain consumer products. To keep up to date on the latest information:
Know the risks and make sure your child is safe
Children are naturally curious and do not easily recognize or avoid danger. Many injuries can be avoided by supervising children carefully and making their surroundings safer.
- Health Canada's booklet Is Your Child Safe? has safety information on topics like blind and curtain cords, baby slings, pacifiers, playgrounds, and strollers.
- Federal law sets strict safety standards for children's toys. See Health Canada's pamphlet Toy Safety Tips for information on choosing safe toys and using them safely.
Be careful when buying or borrowing second-hand products
You should be careful when borrowing second-hand items or buying them at garage sales, flea markets, second-hand stores, and on the Internet. Even though it is the seller's responsibility in Canada to make sure their products are safe, being informed will help you make safer buying decisions.
- Do not buy or use items with damaged, cracked, missing or loose parts.
- Make sure instructions come with the item.
- Ask questions about the product's age and history of use.
- Contact the manufacturer or check our list of consumer product recalls to make sure the product has not been recalled.
Learn more about second-hand products:
- Information for shoppers of second-hand products
Learn more about which second-hand products present the greatest risk.
- Bringing consumer products into Canada
Find out which products (new or used) you cannot bring into Canada, and which ones must first meet Canadian safety requirements.
- Children's car seats and booster cushions: how long are they safe?
Find out how long to safely keep your car seats and boosters.
Be sure to report health or safety-related problems with consumer products to the manufacturer and to Health Canada.
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