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Back-to-School is the Season for Safety

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It’s that time of the year again!

Parents and caregivers have pencils, binders, backpacks and notebooks on their back-to-school shopping list. But, as the countdown begins and students head back to school, what should you have on the back-to-school “safety” list?

Here are a few things you should pencil in:

 

  1. If your child bikes to school, make sure he/she has the appropriate helmet that fits his/her head properly and is worn correctly.  Check out “Which Helmet for Which Activity” for guidance.
  2. Make sure playground equipment has been inspected and maintained.  There are more than 200,000 injuries on playground each year—and many of them are serious.  Our Public Playground Safety Handbook is a great source to learn about how to design and install a safer playground.
  3. Take the drawstrings out of your child’s jackets and sweatshirts to prevent a strangulation hazard on playgrounds and school bus doors.
  4. Visit CPSC.gov  to check for recalls on your new and used back to school products.
  5. Be sure to check out our ABCs of school safety video with former CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

A.  Always wear the right helmet

B.  Be safe and have fun

C.  Careful with the clothing, Mom and Dad.

At CPSC, we hope all kids have a safe school year and do great in the classroom.

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Middle schoolers wanted for poster contest!

Calling all middle schoolers!  CPSC is hosting a poster contest on carbon monoxide safety. CO20ContestBrochure

Have you ever heard of carbon monoxide? CO is a poisonous gas. It’s also called the invisible killer, because you can’t see or smell it, and it takes the lives of many people each year.

You can get CO poisoning from:

  • A car left running in the garage
  • The gas furnace in your home not functioning properly
  • A portable generator running in an enclosed space, basement or living area
  • A charcoal grill used inside your home

What can you do to prevent CO poisoning?

  • Make sure your parents have a professional inspection of your furnace, fireplace and other fuel-burning appliances every year.
  • Have CO alarms in your house.
  • Never use generators or charcoal grills inside your home.
  • Draw a poster about the dangers of carbon monoxide and what you can do to prevent CO poisoning and enter it into CPSC’s contest at www.cpsc.gov/COContest!!

You can WIN prize money. CPSC will award $500 to the top 10 finalists (three from each grade and one winner of the public vote) and another $1,000 will go to one lucky grand prize winner. Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades can enter.

Want to know more? Check out our contest at www.cpsc.gov/CO. Watch our video for more info too.  Vote for your favorite poster. Draw a poster, save a life, win a cash prize! The contest runs through February 2015.

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2014 CPSC Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award

Nominations Deadline Extended

This fall, CPSC will honor individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions to improving consumer product safety.

The deadline to NOMINATE them for a CPSC Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award has been extended to August 1, 2014.

Nomination forms and details about the award and previous winners are available at www.cpsc.gov/award .

Send your nomination to:

Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

4330 East West Highway, Suite 725

Bethesda, MD 20814

Nominations can also be submitted by e-mail to chairmansaward@cpsc.gov.

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Don’t let injuries from fireworks become part of your tradition this holiday

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Often, when thinking of the Fourth of July, one of the first things that come to mind are big, beautiful fireworks, with vibrant colors that light up a summer night’s sky. In the midst of all this holiday grandeur, it is important to understand fireworks safety and how to prevent tragedy during your July 4 celebration.

In 2013, 65 percent or 7,400, of all firework injuries occurred in the 30 days surrounding July 4th. The majority of these injuries occurred simply because of the malfunction or improper use of legal and illegal fireworks.

Here are some ways fireworks can malfunction:

  • Inconsistent flight paths
  • Tip-over incidents
  • Early or late ignitions
  • Debris and blowouts

You, your friends, and family can be put at risk by:

  • Purchasing and using illegal fireworks;
  • Letting children use fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers;
  • Creating or modifying any fireworks;
  • Igniting fireworks too close to someone or something; and
  • Setting off fireworks improperly.

Small fireworks, like bottle rockets, sparklers, and small firecrackers can appear harmless to children, but during the 30 days surrounding July 4, these kinds of fireworks injured an estimated 1,000 children under the age of 5.

Did you know that sparklers can burn so hot they can melt copper? A sparkler can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter! That’s as hot as a blow torch!

Take a look at our “Un Spark-tacular Celebration” video on children with sparklers.

If you do decide to buy legal fireworks, be sure to take the following safety steps:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging; often, this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Move away to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not gone off or fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light one item at a time, then move away quickly.
  • After fireworks have gone off and fully functioned, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding, to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Know the risks. Prevent the tragedies. And, have an injury-free Fourth!

Celebrate with safety this Fourth of July.

 

For more information on fireworks safety, visit our Fireworks Safety Information Center.

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CPSC Science: Fireworks Injuries 2014 Update

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We have an updated version of our Fireworks Injuries infographic. The risks are the same. The only change is in the numbers. We also post these infographics on Flickr for easy sharing.

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