June 8, 2013 - I love garage sales! There's something exhilarating about purchasing an item for just a few dollars - like a book that you have always wanted to read, or a decorative urn that would be perfect for your garden. I walk away with a smile on my face knowing that I saved a few dollars should I have purchased these items in a store. For people who hold garage sales it must feel great to finally unload items you no longer use or want. These clunky, dusty items do nothing but take up a lot of space that you have redesigned in your head more than just a few times. I've often heard it said that 'one person's poison is another person's passion', and I believe garage sales are the epitome of this adage.
Whether you are buying or selling at a garage sale, second hand store, discount store or street vendor, Health Canada advises that you exercise caution and place safety ahead of savings when it comes to items intended for children's use.
Cribs, cradles and bassinets that were manufactured before September 1986 do not meet current Canadian regulatory requirements and should not be sold or bought. If the item is more than 10 years old it likely will not have a manufacturer's model name & number, date of manufacture, instructions for assembly, and warning statements, but most likely will have broken, worn, loose or missing parts and pieces.
Do not sell or buy used corded window coverings because the safety devices, warning labels, and instructions to keep pull cords out of reach of children, are often missing. Cords and bead chains, looped cords and long pull cords on blind and curtains are strangle hazards.
Before you sell or purchase costume jewellery, think twice. They most likely contain lead and cadmium, which are highly toxic, even at low levels of exposure, and especially to children.
"…Car seats and booster seats manufactured before January 1, 2012, may not meet the latest requirements set out by Health Canada and Transport Canada, therefore, you may not advertise, sell or give them away (including lending). Before you decide to sell or buy a car seat or booster seat please call Transport Canada at 1-800-333-0371 to find out if it meets the latest requirements or has been recalled," as cited from Health Canada's website. Buyers and sellers should also be aware that a second-hand car and booster seat should not be used, re-sold, or given away freely, if it was installed in a car that was involved in a collision.
Baby walkers are banned in Canada. Should you have one stored in your basement or garage, Health Canada advises you to destroy the item to prevent its future use, and dispose of it in accordance with municipal requirements.
Stay informed about product recalls, advisories and important regulatory changes. To find out if a product has been recalled by the manufacturer and for information on corrective action, please contact the manufacturer, importer, or retailer or check Health Canada's Consumer Product Recall database.
Alternately, you can click on Recalls, Health & Safety Alerts to see the most up-to-date listing from our website. Either way, we have you covered!
According to The Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), any person who sells, distributes, or gives away consumer products that do not comply with the Act or its current regulations is breaking the law in Canada.