Health Canada Advisory - May 4, 2005

Health Canada reminds Canadians that garage sales should also be a time for safety as well as bargains.

The following advisory is an exerpt from

Health Canada reminds Canadians that items sold at garage sales, flea markets and second-hand stores may pose potential hazards. Canadians should be aware that the laws that apply to the sale of new products also apply to the sale of second hand items. Vendores are responsible for ensuring that all items fulfill the requirements of the Hazardous Products Act.

In order to assist vendors and buyers, Health Canada has reissued its bulletin entitled Facts for Garage Sale Vendors. This bulletin provides safety information about common garage sale products, such as children's sleepwear, car seats, baby gates, playpens, strollers, and sports equipment.

Vendors and consumers should take note that the sale of baby walkers in Canada became illegal in 2004. Cribs that were manufactured before September 1986 do not conform with the current legislation and are prohibited form sale under the Hazardous Products Act. It is also illegal to sell lawn darts with elongated tips. These items must not be sold and should be destroyed prior to disposal.

For more information on the safety of second-hand consumer products, please visit Health Canada's web site or call 1-866-662-0666. You may also visit the following web sites:

Also the public is reminded that some products are covered by the Radiation Emitting Devices Act and it is also illegal to sell them if they do not meet current standards. This includes such items as microwave ovens, UV Facial lamps and personal tanning equipment.