Spring is a much anticipated time of year. And while there may be many things consumers look forward to in springtime, spring cleaning isn't necessarily one of them. Although it may be a dreaded chore, consumers look to remove old clutter, make room for the new and pull their seasonal items out of storage. While consumers are preparing to clean, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is encouraging consumers to spring clean for safety.
In doing so, CPSC is launching the new "Drive to 1 Million" initiative. The goal: to sign-up at least 1 million consumers to receive life-saving information electronically through CPSC's e-mail notification project. Consumers can receive notice of recall information as it is released by signing up at www.cpsc.gov -- Signing up is free, it's fast, and it could save your life or the life of a family member.
"It is vital for consumers to check their own homes for hazardous products that have been recalled," said Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. "Consumers can literally save lives with the click of their computer mouse."
The agency is not only calling on consumers to go to the Web site on their own, but is asking retailers to assist in getting the word out to consumers. Various messaging techniques will be used in the coming weeks and months to drive consumers to the CPSC Web site.
As closets, garages and other storage areas are cleared out and cleaned, CPSC is asking consumers to keep safety in mind and be on the lookout for hazardous recalled products that could be deadly. CPSC, in a record year last year, recalled 466 products. Yet, not everyone gets the word. Some product recalls may have been announced when products were put away for the season or consumers may not have heard about the recall when it was announced.
For example, Selina Patten, of Manassas, Va., had a close call when the recalled plastic nail from a Playskool toy tool bench became lodged in the throat of her 3-year-old daughter. She was able to remove the nail before serious injury occurred. She later discovered the product had been recalled after the death of two toddlers, though she did not hear about it.
In a taped message released at today's CPSC press conference, Ms. Patten urged everyone to sign-up to receive recall information. "Most of all register with CPSC. Get that e-mail that may save your child's life," said Ms. Patten.
Additional categories of recalls on CPSC's Web site include the following that consumers should check when doing their spring cleaning:
- Outdoor products: such as grills and outdoor furniture for porch or patio
- Outdoor power equipment: air compressors and gas pool heaters
- Children's products: outerwear with drawstrings, necklaces that contain lead, battery packs for toy vehicles, and flashing pacifiers
- Power tools: cut-out tools, nailers, circular saws and pressure washers
- Household products: fans, candles
- Electronics: computer batteries, remote controls
For more information, go to CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov, or call the hotline at (800) 638-2772 anytime.
CPSC Press Conference Audio: CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord spoke at a press conference on Monday, March 19, 2007, encouraging consumers to sign up to receive free emails informing them about recall news and to check out CPSC's Web site when they are spring cleaning, to find recalls they might have missed in the last year. (in mp3 format; about 17 megabytes in length) (transcript)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @OnSafety or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.