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Single-Load Liquid Laundry Packets Harmful

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single-load liquid laundry packets

In 2012, CPSC staff has learned of about 500 incidents involving children and adults who were injured by single-load laundry packets like those shown above. Children have required hospitalization from ingesting the product due to loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting, drowsiness, throat swelling, and difficulty breathing (requiring intubation).

Do NOT let children handle laundry packets. Keep them locked up and out of a child’s sight and reach.

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PeaPod Travel Tent Recall: Suffocation, Entrapment Risk

If you own this PeaPod travel bed, which comes in many colors, stop putting your child in it and order a free repair kit.

Recalled PeaPod tent and repair mattress

Infants and young children can roll off the edge of the inflatable air mattress, get trapped between the mattress and the fabric sides of the tent and suffocate.  CPSC is aware of a death of a 5-month-old boy who was found with his face pressed against the side wall of the tent. The cause of his death was not determined. CPSC and Health Canada are jointly aware of nine reports of children who became trapped in the product or experienced physical distress inside of it. Two of those babies were found crying underneath the mattress, which had not been inserted into the zippered pocket on the bottom of the tent.

KidCo will start shipping repair kits to consumers in December 2012, but you can contact the company today. Here’s specific information about which models are included in the recall and KidCo’s contact information.

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Move Your Generator Out of the Garage

Generator with warning labelAre you getting your power from a portable generator? Do you have a neighbor who is still waiting for the power to be restored after Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter?

The aftermath of a storm can sometimes be a time when people take risks. Do not make your generator placement one of those risks. It can have deadly consequences for you and your family. Since Hurricane Sandy hit,  more than a dozen people in the Northeast have died from carbon monoxide, or CO, poisonings from generators, according to news accounts.

Generators need to be placed outside, away from windows and doors. They do not belong in garages or basements. Opening the garage or basement door does NOT provide enough ventilation to save you from the deadly gas.

Share this information with anyone you know in the affected areas. If you are in a storm-affected area and hear a generator running in your neighborhood, share this information with its owner.

If you’re running a generator, make sure you have a working CO alarm in your home. Even if you aren’t running a generator, install a CO alarm. This alarm can save your life. The initial symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness.

Here’s more information on carbon monoxide.

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