Do you think children as young as five should be allowed to use real tools?


A father-of-one is calling for a range of “dangerous” tool kits for children to be taken off the shelves of an Ipswich DIY store.


Zala Tenzing said he was “shocked” to find the products, which include screwdrivers, hammers and tape measures, at Homebase in Warren Heath targeted at children as young as five.

The 48-year-old, of Shotley Gate, said: “I wouldn’t want any child to get hold of that.

“It only takes one parent to give their child a dangerous tool and that child could end up in hospital.

“I may be wrong and it is acceptable to give children screwdrivers, but I don’t think I am wrong.


“Some kid will get hurt if they get hold of them.”

Mr Tenzing, who has a three-year-old daughter, Ziba, discovered the ‘kid-sized’ tool sets in the shop on Saturday afternoon, and he said he returned the following day with his wife, Tracy, to double check what he had seen.

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He tested some of the items with a magnet and he said they were “definitely” real, metal tools - just smaller versions.

There were three different sets on offer, Mr Tenzing said, two of which stated on the packaging they were suitable for age five and older, and the other was for age eight plus.

The professional driving instructor said he took safety “very seriously” and wanted the products removed from the shelves.

A Homebase spokeswoman said: “We sell a wide range of home improvement products including a Junior Tool Kit.

“This product is intended for use under adult supervision as advised on the packaging.”

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