Five tips to stay safe with toy guns

Five tips to stay safe with toy guns

Published at 6:01am 20th September 2017. (Updated at 3:39pm 20th September 2017)

North Yorkshire's Trading Standards officers are issuing advice to parents following a safety warning about Nerf toy guns.

Doctors at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London say that foam bullets from the guns can cause internal bleeding and blurred vision.

Nerf toys are made by Hasbro and aimed at children aged eight and over.

The company is insisting that the bullets aren't dangerous when they are used properly.

Five tips from Trading Standards:

  • Don't buy a toy which hasn't got written instructions. That's a warning sign that it probably hasn't been tested appropriately and you don't know whether it's safe or not.
  • Make sure that you and your children understand and follow the instructions at all times.
  • Don't rely on the retailer, because they didn't design or test the product. They just sell it.
  • If the toy has some risk involved, then make an assessment about whether your child understands that risk.
  • If necessary, supervise your child whilst they are using the toy.