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Dangers of Magnets

Many children’s toys contain magnets, which are quite small. If they come loose or if there is a small toy with a magnet inside, the magnet or toy can be very dangerous if swallowed and can even cause death.

The reproduction is a copy of an official work that is published by the Government of Canada. The reproduction has not been produced in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of the Government of Canada.
The reproduction is a copy of an official work that is published by the Government of Canada. The reproduction has not been produced in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of the Government of Canada.

Some toys that have magnets are:

  • Construction sets
  • Puzzles
  • Toy jewellery & dress-up toys
  • Alphabet and number magnets
  • Action figures and dolls
  • Science and craft kits
  • Board games
  • Vehicle sets
  • Adult jewellery

Safety Tips

  • Keep toys with small magnets out of reach of young children and older children who still put non-food items in their mouths
  • Check children’s toys often to make sure they are in good condition
  • Teach children of all ages that small magnets or small items with attached magnets should never be placed in their mouths
  • Seek immediate medical attention for any child who has swallowed (or is suspected of having swallowed) a magnet

For more information visit, Health Canada’s webpage on Magnets in Toys.

 
Date of creation: December 12, 2012
Last modified on: April 2, 2014

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References

1Health Canada. (2010-11-23). Magnets in Toys. Retrieved from
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/child-enfant/play-jeu-eng.php#a61