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Change Your Clocks – Change Your Batteries!

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Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is approaching and before the ghosts and goblins take to the streets in search of candy treats, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is providing these safety tips to prevent injuries related to burns from flammable costumes. Candle flames and flammable costumes can be a dangerous combination. Costumes made of natural fibers such as cotton are extremely flammable and it can be very dangerous if they come in contact with an open flame. It is important to use inherently flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon and polyester when making kid’s costumes. Flame-resistant fabrics will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. Read more

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Day 4: U.S.-China Consumer Product Safety Summit

US China Summit --Shanghai and Beijing CCCPSC and its counterpart safety agency in China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ), wrapped up the 3rd biennial Consumer Product Safety Summit today in Beijing. CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum lead the U.S. delegation, which included the agency’s top technical experts and members of CPSC’s Compliance division. 20 U.S. stakeholders participated with the U.S. delegation.

The four-day summit was a platform for CPSC and AQSIQ to make very clear that times have changed. CPSC and AQSIQ put Chinese suppliers and U.S. importers on notice that it is a mistake to depend on good intentions and a few final inspections to ensure compliance with safety requirements.US China Summit --Shanghai and Beijing AACPSC and AQSIQ will push companies to build safety into the product at every stage of the production and the distribution chain,” said Tenenbaum. “Suppliers and importers need to understand that this is now our expectation.”

Tenenbaum said CPSC will hold importers of products into the United States accountable if their products are hazardous or if they violate U.S. product safety requirements. AQSIQ will hold Chinese suppliers responsible for implementing best practices and building U.S. safety standards into their products before they reach U.S. ports.

“Our goal at CPSC is to protect families in and around their homes by ensuring the safety of the products they buy. That’s what this Summit has been about – protecting families,” said Tenenbaum.” The best way to protect families is to build safety standards into products during design and manufacturing.”

The next U.S. China Consumer Product Safety Summit will take place in the U.S. in 2011.

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Day 3: U.S.-China Product Safety Summit

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Day 2: U.S.-China Product Safety Summit

US China Summit ATV Factory and Govt Testing Lab It’s Day 2 of the U.S.-China Consumer Product Safety Summit and ATV safety is on the agenda. ATVs can be a lot of fun to ride, but ATVs are also involved in hundreds of fatalities and more than a hundred thousand injuries each year. We need to reverse the rising death toll associated with these popular recreational vehicles.

Today, Chairman Tenenbaum and 10 CPSC staff members travelled about two hours outside of Wuxi to the industrial city of Taizhou for a firsthand look at a Chinese ATV factory, Jiangsu Linhai Power Machine Group. There was considerable interest by the Chinese media in the visit. The CPSC team toured the factory and had a very informative meeting with the firm’s President Lu Hai Min and Chinese government safety officials.

CPSC officials saw how Linhai tests for emissions, noise, durability, and speed. Chairman Tenenbaum and CPSC staff talked about the importance of building safety into their products.

US China Summit ATV Factory and Govt Testing Lab

One of CPSC’s goals while we’re in China is to make sure Chinese ATV manufacturers such as Linhai know that there is a mandatory performance standard in the U.S. for ATVs which limits speed for youth ATVs, establishes requirements for brakes and stability, and requires warning labels. Additionally, ATV manufacturers or distributors are required to have an action plan that is approved by CPSC before they can bring their ATVs into our ports and sell them to you.

There are more safety rules that CPSC will be working on for ATVs, but the current mandatory standard will be the topic of Friday’s summit meeting in Shanghai.

ATVs are one of six areas being highlighted during the Summit. The others include lead in children’s products, cigarette lighters, fireworks, electrical products, and toys. The CPSC team is also discussing drywall. There have been good discussions with our Chinese counterpart safety agency, AQSIQ, on building U.S. safety standards into consumer products to make them safer for your family. That’s what this Summit is all about – giving you confidence that the products you buy for your family are safe.

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