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Safety First

Parents warned to check sun cream and armbands this summer

Safety first.

PARENTS ARE BEING told to check the safety standard of products their children use this summer.

As thousands of children begin their summer holidays the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) is urging people, parents in particular, to look for standards when buying popular summer items such as sun glasses, suncream, arm bands and tents.

They say these standards ensure that products are safe and fit for the purpose.

SAI CEO Maurice Buckley said standards affect our everyday lives, but often we take them for granted.

“As people are making plans for this summer to attend parties, festivals and events it is important to be aware of the standards of the products you are buying for yourself and your family, to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer.

“Be sure, for example, that the sunglasses you are wearing actually protect against UV rays.”

The NSAI has five tips for parents this summer:

1. Look for the UVA standard on sun cream


Sun protection products must span the entire UV spectrum. A four or five UVA star rating is best for fair skin.

2. Protect your vision

When looking at the latest, most fashionable sunglasses consumers should choose options that meet the I.S. EN 1836 standard. This ensures that eyewear purchased offers protection against solar radiation or UV rays.

3. Check arm bands and swimming costumes for standards

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Make sure children’s swimming costumes and armbands meet the relevant standards and display the CE mark.

4. Check the CE mark on trampolines and bouncing castles

When buying a trampoline, make sure it comes with a safety net and a protective pad around the springs and that it also displays the CE marking.

5. Look for CE marks on tents

Look out for the CE marking and standards on tents and camping equipment before you purchase.

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