With yard sale season upon us, it is easy to get excited about the next find, but Health Canada warns us about how unsafe some second-hand items can be.  If you have small children and you are looking for items such as car seats, cribs or bunkbeds and more, be extra cautious when you are out shopping.  If you are unsure if the item is safe for your child, do your research first before putting your child at risk of injury. Not sure if the item has been recalled?  There is a link below to help.  Here is a list to help you get thinking about safety first.

Be aware of the potential risks of buying or using second-hand items from:

  • garage sales
  • flea markets
  • second-hand stores
  • the Internet
  • family and friends

In Canada, it is the seller’s responsibility to make sure that their products are safe. You should still be careful when buying anything second-hand. Products sold second-hand, especially at garage sales, may not meet current regulatory or safety requirements.

Avoid items that are:

  • banned
  • damaged
  • missing labelling or instructions

Be extra cautious about buying the following items:

  • bunk beds
  • car seats
  • children’s jewellery
  • children’s sleepwear
  • cribs, cradles, and bassinets
  • playpens
  • strollers and carriages
  • other children’s products
  • blind cords
  • cosmetics
  • sports gear
  • magnets
  • smoke or carbon monoxide detectors

If you need to find out if a product has been recalled, you can:

For more information, visit: Buying second-hand products.

Health Canada, Ontario Region.


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Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The Parentguide.ca website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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