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:
- 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
- strollers and carriages
- other children’s products
- blind cords
- sports gear
- smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
If you need to find out if a product has been recalled, you can:
- contact the retailer or manufacturer
- check for recent recalls and safety alerts
For more information, visit: Buying second-hand products.
Health Canada, Ontario Region.