Dangerous ice and snow is sweeping across the plains, south, and heading east. There are expected to be widespread power outages associated with this large storm.
Are you planning on using a portable gas generator to help you during or after the storm this week?
When dealing with severe winter weather and power outages some people take unnecessary risks. Do not take extra risks with your generator. It can be deadly. Its invisible odorless CO exhaust can kill you and your family in just minutes.
Be safe. Put your generator:
- OUTSIDE! Keep it at least 20 feet* away from windows and doors.
- Do NOT put generators in garages or basements. An open door does NOT provide enough ventilation to save you from deadly carbon monoxide gas.
When you use a generator, be sure to have a working CO alarm in your home. (Note: You should do this anyway.)
Finally, know the initial symptoms of CO poisoning:
- Shortness of breath
Get outside into fresh air quickly and call 911 immediately. Know what to do.
* Minimum distance recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here’s more information on carbon monoxide.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/12/winter-weather-alert-generators/
How things have changed when it comes to toy safety. Back in 2008, 172 toys were recalled — 19 due to lead. In fiscal year 2013, there were 31 toy recalls — none were related to lead.
Our new global system to make toys safer means:
- Toys are now tested by independent, third-party testing laboratories around the world.
- CPSC and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol are at the ports, stopping toys that violate U.S. standards before they reach children’s hands. This recent video shows an example of a recent toy stoppage.
- You can shop with confidence. Just remember to use products with care.
Here are some things you should know:
- Five of the 11 toy-related deaths in 2012 occurred when children were riding tricycles.
- Four of those children were found in pools.
- Two other children died when they rode scooters into traffic and were unfortunately hit.
Helmets, safety gear and supervision are key for safety when children play on riding toys.
Finally, CPSC continues to be concerned with children’s access to high-powered magnet sets:
Here are some additional toy safety tips:
- Keep deflated and broken balloons away from children.
- Keep small balls and other toys with small parts away from children under 3.
- Supervise battery charging. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on these chargers. Some chargers lack a mechanism to prevent overcharging.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/12/buying-toys-safer-toys/
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Kids and cords are a dangerous mix! No matter the product—baby monitors, window coverings, or baby movement monitors —cords in little hands can end up strangling a child.
We’re reminding you because today CPSC, in cooperation with Angelcare Monitors Inc., is announcing a recall to repair movement and sound baby monitors after two deaths. A cord attaches the baby monitor sensor pad under the crib mattress with the nursery monitor unit. This cord poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib and the cord becomes wrapped around the child’s neck.
Angelcare is providing cord covers for Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor pads. These cord covers are designed to prevent a child from pulling the cord into the crib. Make sure to contact Angelcare at (855)355-2643 or www.angelcarebaby.com to get a free cord cover.
Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitor with rigid strips repair kit installed
As for those traditional baby monitor cords, we continue to recommend that you keep these cords and monitors at least 3 feet away from your baby’s crib. Here’s a video that shows why:
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/11/baby-movement-monitor-recall-a-cord-issue/
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Thanksgiving Day cooking fires are triple the number of cooking fires on an average day.
See the pan on fire:
Here’s what happens when you try to put out the fire with water:
The pan fire explodes.
Stand by your pan. In the event of a fire:
- Cover the pan with a lid to smother the flames.
- Turn off the stove.
- Call 911.
- Do NOT use water or flour on the fire. They can make the fire worse.
- Keep an extinguisher nearby and use it if necessary.
Similarly, a turkey fryer can go from start to fire in less than a minute.
- Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a porch.
- Always use the fryer outside and away from your home.
- Don’t overfill the fryer with oil.
- Don’t put a frozen turkey in hot oil.
For more fire safety tips, visit CPSC’s Fire Safety Information Center
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/11/stand-by-your-pan-thanksgiving-cooking-fire-prevention/
Have you ever wondered:
- Can I watch a CPSC Commission briefing about topics such as children’s products or a CPSC public hearing, such as the recent one on hazardous, high powered magnet sets?
- Are there videos showing recently recalled products?
- Are there safety videos that I can watch and share on my own website?
The answer to all these questions is YES!
We’ve made some recent upgrades to CPSC.gov to improve your video watching experience. Go to our Newsroom tab to find Videos. Here’s what you’ll find:
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/11/cpsc-videos-where-to-watch/