Choking warning issued over popular Woolworths toy

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Woolworths Bricks have been wildly popular since their release in early September— but a children's organisation has issued a disturbing warning over their safety.

CPR Kids, an organisation to help parents learn CPR and first aid, warned parents the popular collectible item could present a serious choking hazard for babies and young children.

"We just want to show how small some of the pieces are, which is why there is a choking hazard warning on each pack," the organisation wrote in a Facebook post, alongside a photo of the small items.

A photo of the small Bricks object.
CPR Kids issued a warning over the popular toys. Source: Facebook

Parents should be vigilant

Although the organisation assured users it doesn't want to deter people from letting their kids play with them, CPR Kids urged parents to be vigilant of their whereabouts in the house.

"Anything that brings joy to kids right now is great!" they acknowledged. 

"If you are collecting these, ensure that any kids under three cannot access any pieces - keep them away from their reach, and teach the older kids to play with them somewhere away from littlies." 

The warning on the packet advises the toy is best suited for children aged five and over as it contains small parts.

A photo showing the warning on the toys.
The warning says it's advised for children aged five years and older. Source: Facebook

"Always make sure all pieces are accounted for, and make sure that the older kids understand if any drop on the floor ... they need to be picked up right away!" CPR Kids recommends. 

Post divides some parents: 'It's common sense'

Facebook users were divided on the post, many saying it's "common sense" to keep small objects away from young children.

"If you have a baby/small child, I think you are well aware that ANYTHING tiny is a choking hazard," one woman wrote.

"We have very strict rules in our house about miss 5 and her lego. Need to stay in her toy room and door and baby gate shut at all times so miss 8mths can't get in there," another commented.

"To us its all about teaching her about keeping our baby safe. And she shouldn't miss out just [because] we have a bub."

"Hence why it says 5+.," another said. "Any parent who cannot read this is the problem, not the bricks."

However, CPR Kids reminded parents that accidents can happen to even the "most vigilant and well-meaning parents".

"All it takes is an older child popping some in their pocket and dropping them in another room where a baby or toddler can access," they reminded.

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