Victoria Day weekend may be the unofficial start to the yard sale season, but Health Canada is warning bargain hunters to avoid some products.
"Sometimes things can be stored for a number of years, and then people decide to get rid of those items," said Shelley Curlew, a compliance and enforcement specialist with Health Canada in the Atlantic region.
She said some used children's items have safety features that deteriorate over time.
"For instance, with cribs, Health Canada recommends that cribs over 10 years of age not be used because some of the components can start to break down."
Car seats or booster seats made before 2012 are a particular concern because they may not meet the latest Health Canada requirements, she said.
"Some products like hockey helmets are not recommended because it's hard to determine the history of the product. Some of the safety devices can be removed from the products."
Curlew recommends buyers and sellers check the Health Canada website for more details.