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Excerpts of #TVSafety, CPSC’s First Twitter Chat

Every other week, a child dies in the U.S. when a television, a piece of furniture or an appliance falls on him or her. CPSC held a Twitter chat with @KidsinDanger and @GaryASmithMD to talk about anchoring and strapping TVs and saving children’s lives. Here’s an excerpt of the chat.

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Our First Twitter Chat: #TVSafety

Every other week, a child dies in the U.S. when a television, a piece of furniture or an appliance falls on him or her. In Chicago alone, media has reported that since October four children have died and one has been seriously injured from televisions falling on them.

These deaths are preventable! We want to talk with you about simple, inexpensive ways that you can childproof your televisions and furniture. We’re talking practical solutions for your home that can save your child’s life.

Join CPSC @OnSafety, Nancy Cowles from @KidsinDanger and @GaryASmithMD, President of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance and Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy @NationwideKids Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, in a conversation about television safety in your home.

Take photos of your TV setups. Show us the TVs and the furniture that they are placed on from different angles. Show us what is anchored and what is not. Do you have straps? No straps? Where do you typically keep the remote control? Post links to the photos on Twitter so we can look and help you.

We’ll be live on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 16. Use the hashtag #TVSafety.

Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors. Spreading this information will save some children’s lives!

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Check Your Single-Cup Coffee Maker and T Discs

When you’re making a cup of coffee, you don’t want to get burned by having hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves spray out at you.

Today, we are announcing a voluntary recall involving about 1.7 million Bosch-branded Tassimo T Disc single cup brewers and certain Kraft espresso T Discs, due to a burn hazard to consumers. We are urging you to stop using these recalled coffee makers and espresso discs and take advantage of the free replacement part and espresso T Disc refund programs.

Here’s what the coffee makers look like:

Recalled Tassimo Bosch Single-Cup Coffee Makers

A 10-year-old Minnesota girl was one of 37 reported victims of second-degree burns from the coffee maker’s spray. The girl had burns to her face and neck and was hospitalized. There have been 140 reports of incidents in which the coffee makers sprayed hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves onto consumers.

Either “Bosch” and “Tassimo” or “Tassimo Professional” are printed on the front of the coffee makers. They use small plastic disks, called “T Discs” that are filled with coffee, tea, milk, chocolate or syrup to brew drinks. This recall news release gives you a list of recalled model numbers and additional details.

Recalled Tassimo Espresso T DiscsSome of the Kraft Foods-made espresso T Discs that fit in these coffee makers are also being recalled because they can become clogged and spray hot liquid and coffee grounds during or after brewing. The 4 million recalled packages of T Discs are 25 types of Gevalia, Maxwell House and Nabob branded espresso T Discs used in Tassimo coffee makers. This recall news release tells you how to identify the recalled T Discs by codes listed on the packages. [LINK TO KRAFT RECALL] Kraft reports 21 incidents involving the recalled T Discs, including four reports of second-degree burns. One injury involved a 2-year-old girl from Canada who received second-degree burns to her face.

If you own these recalled coffee makers or the recalled espresso T Discs, stop using them today. Contact Tassimo through their website at www.tassimodirect.com/safetyrecall or by calling toll-free (866) 918-8763 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Tassimo will send you a free replacement “T Disc holder” for the coffee maker and a full refund for the T Discs.

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Infant Swings: What to Look For

baby in an infant swingCPSC is making progress in establishing a new safety rule for infant swings. Many of you moms and dads know these products well, as they have helped your baby fall asleep at 3 a.m., 3 p.m., and everywhere in between.

While working through the safety of these swings, CPSC staff has assembled some interesting information for new moms and dads:

First, when you bring your new baby home, remember that newborns and young infants don’t have the muscle tone or strength to keep their heads up. So, when you put them into a swing, make sure that your baby is lying down.

It’s likely that you’ll see this warning on your swing: “Use only in the most reclined seat position until infant can hold head up unassisted.”

That warning is there to alert you to a safety concern. Infants who are placed sitting up can end up in a slumped-over position that blocks their breathing. Of 15 deaths related to infant swings between January 2002 and May 18, 2011, five infants died from being slumped over. Moms, Dads: An upright swing is not a safe spot for your infant to sleep.

Restraints, meanwhile, accounted for the highest proportion of injuries. Have any of you had this happen in your swing?

  • Your baby leans forward or sideways and falls or nearly falls out of the seat.
  • Your baby leans back, causing the seat to tilt backwards. Your baby then slides out backwards onto his or her head.

If you’ve seen this happen, you aren’t alone. Both of these are common. Here’s some information from CPSC staff:

“As infants start to learn to sit up on their own, they tend to lean forward in the swing. If the infant leans forward while the swing is moving backwards, the infant’s upper body can fall out of the swing. A number of the incidents reported finding the infant hanging upside down with the waist/crotch restraint still attached.”

Infant swing manufacturers have begun making swings with a 5-point harness. CPSC staff believes that this restraint could help prevent babies from falling or getting trapped in a swing.

Consider these hazards when you are buying a new or used infant swing and know that CPSC staff is working hard to strengthen the safety standard for these products and make it mandatory.

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