As a consumer, there are a variety of risks you need to be aware of when buying any product. Although many producers are trustworthy, it is still important to be wary and to really know where your money is going. Here are a few product risks to help protect you and your family:
1) Lead Paint
Your children should never, ever eat paint, however, this is a risk you need to be aware of if you have smaller kids. Lead paint is sometimes used on products manufactured overseas. Consuming lead paint can lead to brain damage and developmental delays for kids, so it is important to purchase products that do not contain lead paint.
2) Sharp Items
Some items have sharp parts or corners that can pose a risk to consumers when they are used. These items may have warnings or instructions to use properly, but if there are no warnings, they can cause serious harm and the injured party may be able to hold the negligent party accountable.
3) Loose Parts
When you purchase gifts for children, make sure the parts are completely secure and do not pose a choking hazard. During the manufacturing process, if the item isn’t put together properly, something can become loose, dislodge, and pose a threat to anyone using the item. Knowing what is safe and what is dangerous can help you choose the right and safe gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.
As a consumer, there are many risks associated with purchasing products. To best protect yourself, it is important to research companies thoroughly before giving them your business. It is also important to secure your credit card information and carefully monitor each product that you buy for safety.
Don’t fall into these common consumer traps, do your research and make sure that you are getting the highest quality products for you and your family!