Parents warned of hat danger

Salisbury Journal: Parents warned of hat danger Parents warned of hat danger

PARENTS of young children are being warned about safety fears raised over novelty bobble hats.

Wiltshire Council has issued a warning over the colourful, furry hats, which are made in China and styled to look like Minions from the film Despicable Me, as well as Angry Birds and other animal characters.

There is an extension hanging down each side of the hat with a pom-pom on the end and the hat is intended to be secured underneath the chin by passing one hanging extension through a loop in the other.

However, this design means that there is no means for the extensions to disconnect and there is the potential for strangulation.

Trading standards officers have notified market operators throughout Wiltshire and visits have been made to ensure that any of these items are removed from sale.

Forty hats, priced between £5 and £10, have been seized from market stalls in Salisbury and Trowbridge.

The council is urging members of the public who may have purchased these items to report this to trading standards on 0845 4040506 as soon as possible.

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10:12am Tue 25 Feb 14

Dr S Brule says...

Can't parents make up their own minds about what is safe for their children rather then trading standards confiscating property?

Lets face it, these are unlikely to be as dangerous as the fat children you see waddling around the city.
Can't parents make up their own minds about what is safe for their children rather then trading standards confiscating property? Lets face it, these are unlikely to be as dangerous as the fat children you see waddling around the city. Dr S Brule

3:35pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Champers says...

Yeah, and there's someone on Salisbury market selling scarves too! Think of the potential of possible strangulation with those things. Supposing you pulled the scarf too tight and found you couldn't breathe?

Hopefully, they'll all be seized and we'll all be much safer from our own stupidity.
Yeah, and there's someone on Salisbury market selling scarves too! Think of the potential of possible strangulation with those things. Supposing you pulled the scarf too tight and found you couldn't breathe? Hopefully, they'll all be seized and we'll all be much safer from our own stupidity. Champers

8:20am Wed 26 Feb 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

How did I survive into adulthood?
How did I survive into adulthood? Bournemouth Ohec

2:23pm Wed 26 Feb 14

simsruleok says...

I too thought a little bit mad as every council in the country has targeted these hats until i followed this interesting link http://www.safekids.
org/sites/default/fi
les/documents/chokin
g_and_strangulation_
prevention_tips.pdf
I too thought a little bit mad as every council in the country has targeted these hats until i followed this interesting link http://www.safekids. org/sites/default/fi les/documents/chokin g_and_strangulation_ prevention_tips.pdf simsruleok

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