All Fiscal Year 1989 News Releases

A complete list of all news releases from fiscal year 1989.
  • October 18, 1989

    Using A Portable Hair Dryer? A GFCI Could Save Your Life

     If you use a portable hair dryer in the bathroom, government safety experts want you to install a ground fault circuit interrupter in the wall outlet or panel box to protect family members against electrocution should the hair dryer fall into the sink or bathtub.

  • October 06, 1989

    Check Heat Tapes, Cables For Possible Fire Hazards

    Homeowners and mobile home residents who use electric heat tapes or pipe heating cables to protect exposed water lines from freezing over the winter should inspect the tapes or cables for possible fire hazards before winter arrives.

  • September 27, 1989

    Inspect Heat Tapes, Cables As You Winterize Your Home

     If you use electric heat tapes or pipe heating cables under your home to protect pipes from freezing, government safety experts want you to check the tapes or cables now for possible fire hazards before winter sets in.

  • September 25, 1989

    CPSC Files Suits Against Five Fireworks Importers

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety commission has announced the filing of five lawsuits seeking preliminary injunctions against importers of hazardous fireworks. on behalf of the Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal district courts to order the firms to test the fireworks they import for safety. The firms, their locations, and the judicial districts are: B.J. Alan Company, Inc., Youngstown, Ohio, Northern District of Ohio; Winco Fireworks Inc., Lenexa, Kansas, District of Kansas; L.W. Loyd Company, Inc., South Pittsburg, Tennessee, Eastern District of Tennessee; Stonebraker Rocky Mountain Fireworks Co., Denver, Colorado, District of Colorado; and South Carolina Distributors, Inc., Cherokee Falls, South Carolina, District of South Carolina.

  • September 11, 1989

    Watchfulness Is Focus Of Baby Safety Week

    Government and industry cooperative efforts have resulted in significant safety improvement in children's nursery products, but watchfulness by parents and other adults is still necessary. Last year there were an estimated 72,000 nursery product-related injuries to children under age five, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported today. The agency also found an average of over 70 deaths per year associated with nursery products over the past five years. The agency released these figures for the observance of Baby Safety Week, September 15-23, an annual joint observance with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

  • August 24, 1989

    CPSC Studying Carpet-Related Health Problems

    Installation of new carpet occasionally results in consumer complaints about adverse health effects, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported today. The Commission, which has already asked allergists to refer carpet-related consumer complaints to the agency, has received several reports of serious incidents. Investigations of these allegations will verify which of the complaints are associated with chemicals in the carpet and assist the agency in determining if future standards are necessary.

  • August 17, 1989

    Fireworks Decision Upholds CPSC

    In a significant decision for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a broad principle of law asserted by the Commission in an enforcement case involving fireworks. Ruling on the government's appeal in a case against a mail order supplier of firework components in Pennsylvania, the Court held on August 8, 1989 that a manufacturer's or consumer's subjective intent does not determine the intended use of a product sold to consumers.

  • July 12, 1989

    Large Buckets Are Drowning Hazards For Young Children

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns that buckets filled with water or other liquids, especially the large five-gallon size, present a drowning hazard to small children. CPSC knows of at least 67 drowning deaths in buckets during the years 1985-1987, mostly to young children 8 - 12 months old. Information available to the Commission strongly suggests that many, if not most, of these drownings occurred in large (five-gallon) plastic buckets or containers being used for mopping floors or for other household chores.

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