New South Wales Fair Trading has deemed electrocuting metal Christmas trees, remote controlled helicopters that have a risk of catching fire and firing pistols as 'dangerous' gifts that should not be given to children.
It conducted its annual Christmas blitz, seizing 146 Christmas toys and 17 electrical products, an increase of 26 dangerous toys since last year, the Sydney Morning herald reports.
AdvertisementAccording to the paper, NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts said there was a "disturbing" number of remote-controlled helicopters seized this year that could catch fire or could electrocute the user. The fire hazard came from having European plugs that needed adaptors, he said.
"European plugs are illegal, even with an adaptor they are just downright dangerous," he said.
Roberts warned dads, notorious for buying action toys that they can also play with - to watch out for high-powered firing guns or archery sets, the paper said.
"These toys have dangerous removal caps and are very high powered," he said.
Another worrying trend was high-voltage Christmas lights. Roberts said some LED Christmas lights were discovered to use up to 240 volts, the paper said.
"If you break a light bulb and you then touch the bulb, you will get the full force of 240 volts," he said.