WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Hispanic families across the nation prepare to celebrate el Cinco de Mayo, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the launch of its YouTube en Español channel. The channel features short videos that can save lives, including powerful demonstrations (enacted) of incidents that have involved Hispanic children.
Every two weeks, a child dies when a TV, furniture, or an appliance falls on them. Every month, a child is strangled in a window covering. Each year, 300 kids younger than five drown in pools. CPSC’s You Tube channel videos address all these hidden and preventable dangers, but it takes a village to save a life. That is the power of watching and sharing these videos.
“Far too frequently, Spanish-speaking consumers are injured or even killed in incidents in and around the home. Many of these incidents are preventable,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “I urge all Spanish-speaking consumers to visit our new Spanish YouTube channel and share these important safety messages with family and friends. By getting connected to CPSC and sharing this information, we can save lives.”
Videos include topics ranging from safe sleep for babies to pool safety and recalls of dangerous products. For example, in recent years, CPSC has announced recalls of more than 12 million dangerous cribs in which dozens of children have died. However, many babies are still sleeping in these deadly cribs. CPSC’s new Safe Sleep video addresses ways for parents to keep their newborns and toddlers safe in their nurseries.
This Spanish YouTube Channel is one of several free CPSC resources developed to reach out to the largest minority group in the United States. CPSC also offers many free resources in Spanish. Consumers can call the CPSC hotline at (800) 638-2772, sign up to receive recall e-mail alerts, report and search for injuries associated with products, and get posters and publications to share with hard-to-reach communities.
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.