Trading standards officers are offering Midlothian consumers a host of shopping advice to provide a hassle free Christmas.
In the festive run up everyone is looking for a bargain in shops or online.
You should check goods carefully before you buy and again when you get home. If there is a fault, return the item as soon as you can.
Pay particular attention to unsafe toys, which have been poorly made or in hazardous materials. When buying items, ensure they bear the CE mark, which means they conform to safety standards.
Trading Standards officer Andy King said: “Unsafe children’s toys which are made from inferior materials are not subject to the usual safety standards and can be a real hazard.
“It’s important not to be sucked in to cut-price deals, look out for sharp edges or points which can be a choking hazard.”
Officers are reminding shoppers that if they wish to buy on credit, consider how much this will cost and if they can afford the repayments. Always keep receipts.
Stephen Thomson, Midlothian’s trading standards manager, added: “Christmas is often a hectic time for everyone, with people rushing about aiming to buy the perfect festive gift. By following these simple rules you can save yourself a lot of hassle and not get caught out with fake goods or offers.”
For more advice contact the trading standards team on 0131 271 3549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org