We’re supporting the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) to promote the dangers that magnets can pose to children and teenagers and importantly – how to keep them safe.

Magnets are very common in our homes in such items as toys, electronic devices and even on our fridges. Please put these out of small children’s reach. Don’t let them play with faulty toys as the magnet could become loose and could easily be swallowed. Either get it fixed or dispose of it safely.

If you think any item you have purchased is unsafe report it to your local
Trading Standards Team.

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Talk to children about the dangers of magnets

Using magnetic products as fake piercings, on the tongue, mouth or nose, increases the risk of inhalation or ingestion.

You should talk to your children and teenagers as to why small high-powered magnets are dangerous, and why they shouldn’t use them as fake piercings on their body, or as decorative items on glassware.

If you suspect your child has swallowed magnets

Take them straight to the nearest A&E or call 999 for an ambulance.

Symptoms may not be obvious. Your child might:

  • have stomach pain
  • be vomiting
  • have a fever
  • be pointing to their throat or stomach
  • Unclear or fluctuating symptoms mean it’s important to be vigilant.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said, “There’s been quite a few incidences in the past few months where children have swallowed magnets and have had quite severe consequences. Please keep them away from small children and make older children aware of the dangers magnets can pose to them and their health.”

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