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Tool to Identify Choke Hazards for Young Children

- July 9, 2014

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released a free tool that parents, carers and educators can download to help them identify items that may pose a choking risk for babies and toddlers.

                                          


Young children naturally explore objects by putting them into their mouths. Everyday items such as buttons, coins and small toys and toy parts can pose a choking hazard, particularly for children under three.

 The ACCC’s tool is a simple, paper-based template that can be printed, cut out with scissors and assembled using sticky tape. The instructions for assembling and using the tool are included on the online template.

 Once assembled, the tool is cylinder-shaped and works by simulating the size and shape of a child’s throat – if an object fits completely inside the tool’s cylinder that means it may pose a choking hazard for a child under three years of age.

 Click here to download the Choke Check PDF and to view the ‘How to make the Choke Check tool’ video.

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