Reputation is important. Try to buy devices from suppliers with a good reputation for selling safe and reliable toys. Besides having to meet high standards they will also be able to answer any questions you may have.
Be cautious with 'cheap' bargains. It is not uncommon for find a good deal at jumble and car boot sale. But, take extra care as old or worn toys may no longer be safe.
Check for appropriate age restrictions. There should be a marking on toys that shows the age restriction. Always adhere to them because they refer to risks (e.g. choking hazards or sharp points).
Beware of toys that create choking hazards. Tiny toy parts, hair, and loose or shedding fabric can be a dangerous choking hazard.
Consider children with special needs. Age restrictions may put children with special needs at a higher risk. Loose ribbons and costumes can also create a danger, especially for a child left unsupervised.
Inspect children's toy boxes. Some toys you already own may be too worn out to be safe. As they wear and tear kids toy devices can expose its filling material or sharp edges. Try to get a family favourite repaired - if your toddler refuses to throw it away.
Supervision is a necessity for certain devices (e.g. a chemistry sets). An adult should be supervising during this type of playtime.
Tidy up after kids' playtime. Hazards come in all shapes and sizes (e.g. batteries, boxes, packaging materials, plastic bags, wire).
Note: Always check the instructions on complex toys and games for any hazards. Some will need batteries too - so dispose of them in a safe manner.