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Liquid Laundry Packets: An Update

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single-use liquid laundry packetsAbout a year and a half ago, we began warning you about dangers connected to single-load liquid laundry packets. These packets are filled with highly concentrated, toxic chemicals. A 7-month-old in Florida died from swallowing the soap.

CPSC has received about 1,230 reports of children unintentionally injuring themselves with packets. Injuries include swallowing the detergent and getting the chemical in their eyes or on their skin. The Poison Help Line reports even more: Nearly 17,500.

Several companies that make these packets—Cot ‘n Wash, Dial, Procter & Gamble, and Sun Products—have agreed to make some changes to begin addressing these safety concerns. We want you to know about these changes, as CPSC was a driving force in making them happen. Importantly, though, we believe more must be done, and we’re continuing to call on companies to build more safety into these products more quickly and more robustly.

child warning label that appears on packages.Here are some of the changes so far:

Safety standards: Makers and sellers of laundry packets have come together, along with consumer advocates and CPSC staff, to start the process of creating a voluntary consensus standard. ASTM International, a standards setting organization, is overseeing this process. The goal is for all of the members to work together, as quickly as possible, to craft a strong safety standard that meaningfully protects children from these products.

Opaque packaging: Part of the allure of these packets for young children is that they can look like familiar items such as candy, toys and teething products. Companies have changed the containers that hold the packets to be opaque.

Labels and Warnings: “Keep Out of Reach of Children” and “Keep Contents Out of Eyes” safety warning stickers and graphics have been placed in multiple places on the containers. Also, look for posters and other warnings near laundry packets in stores. Warning labels alone are not the answer, but are part of a larger system of safety.

In addition, companies are researching a switch to containers that are more difficult for children to open. Safety latches—both on containers and on cabinets—can be a deterrent to children getting access to these packets. As with all household cleaning products, make sure to keep these packets tightly closed in the original containers and out of sight and out of reach of young children.

These companies also report that they are researching chemical formulations of the laundry detergent in the packets, with the goal to find formulations that remain effective, but are less toxic.

Our hope is that these first steps for these products make them safer and that all companies that make liquid laundry packets will join these safety efforts.

Follow these safety tips if you use these products in your home:

  • Do not let children handle laundry packets
  • Do not puncture or take packets apart
  • Do not leave loose packets around – keep them stored securely in the container
  • Store out of a child’s sight and reach in their original containers
  • Keep containers closed and dry
  • Read and follow package warnings and instructions

Remember, these packets can quickly dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands and saliva. They can also rupture, releasing the chemicals into eyes. If you or your child swallows or is exposed to these chemicals, call Poison Help immediately at (800) 222-1222.

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Nueva norma de seguridad para coches y cochecitos para bebés: su significado

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¡Buenas noticias, papás! La CPSC ha aprobado una nueva norma federal que mejorará la seguridad de todos los coches y cochecitos para bebés vendidos después del 10 de septiembre de 2015.

El personal de la CPSC ha recibido, desde enero de 2008 hasta junio de 2013, unos 1,300 reportes de incidentes con niños de 4 años y menores relacionados a la seguridad de cochecitos. Esta cifra, que puede cambiar en un futuro al recibir reportes adicionales, incluye:

  • Cuatro muertes
  • 14 hospitalizaciones
  • 391 lesiones

La nueva norma de seguridad requiere que todos los coches y cochecitos para bebés sean fabricados, puestos a prueba y etiquetados con el objetivo de minimizar los riesgos observados en los incidentes arriba mencionados. Dichos incluyen:

  • Problemas con la bisagra que han causado pellizcos, cortadura o amputaciones de dedos o brazos. Estos problemas tienen la mayor tasa de lesiones de todos los riesgos asociados con los cochecitos para bebés;

  • Ruedas rotas y desprendidas;
  • Fallas en el freno de estacionamiento;
  • Problemas en el mecanismo de bloqueo;
  • Problemas de sujeción, como un niño zafándose la correa y rotura o desprendimiento de la correa de sujeción;
  • Integridad estructural; y
  • Estabilidad.

Una vez la norma entre en vigor, se requerirá que casi todos los cochecitos para bebés en venta cumplan con los nuevos requisitos. A continuación solo algunos tipos de cochecitos para bebés:

Diferentes tipos de cochecitos para bebé, incluyendo: cochecitos o carriolas para bebés para trotar, cochecitos doble, sistemas de viaje, cochecito sencillo, carriola con sombrilla, sillita de paseo y de tipo vagón.

Recuerde, abroche a su niño en el cochecito cada vez que lo use y siempre vigile al niño cuando esté en su cochecito. Después de todo, las caídas son una de las causas asociadas a las lesiones con cochecitos.

Como recientemente dijo el presidente adjunto de la CPSC Bob Adler: “Me parece es momento de que pongamos en marcha una norma vigorosa; una norma federal que ayude a que cada paseo en cochecito sea uno seguro para bebés y un paseo igual de seguro para niños pequeños”.

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New Stroller and Carriage Safety Standard: What It Means

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Good news, parents! CPSC has approved a new federal safety standard that will improve the safety of all carriages and strollers sold after September 10, 2015.

From January 2008 through June 2013, CPSC staff received about 1,300 safety-related reports for children 4 years old and younger that involved strollers. The numbers, which may change in the future as more reports come into the agency, include:

  • Four deaths
  • 14 hospitalizations
  • Nearly 391 injuries

The new safety standard requires that all strollers and carriages be made, tested and labeled to minimize the hazards seen in the above incidents. These include:

  • Hinge issues that have resulted in pinched, cut, or amputated fingers or arms. These issues have the highest injury rate of all hazards associated with strollers;

  • Broken and detached wheels;
  • Parking brake failures;
  • Locking mechanism problems;
  • Restraint issues, including children being able to unbuckle themselves and broken and loose stroller seat belts;
  • Structural integrity; and
  • Stability

Once the rule takes effect, nearly all strollers sold are required to meet the new requirements. Here are just a few of the stroller types:

Different types of strollers including jogging strollers, double strollers, travel systems, single strollers, umbrella strollers, prams and wagon strollers.

Remember, buckle your child up every time you use the stroller and never leave a child unattended in a stroller. After all, falls are the cause of many injuries associated with strollers.

As Acting Chairman Bob Adler recently said, “I believe it is time that we put a strong mandatory standard in place: A federal standard that helps to ensure that a stroller ride is a safe ride for babies and an equally safe ride for toddlers.”

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Alerta sobre baúles para almacenamiento

Blog in EnglishBaúl “Lane”

¿Tiene por ahí en su hogar un baúl de madera para guardar cosas? ¿En el ático tal vez? ¿O quizás lo puso en la habitación de su hijo/a?Recientemente, dos hermanos del área de Boston murieron trágicamente dentro de un baúl cuando estaban jugando a las escondidas. Según se informó, los niños se metieron a un baúl de la marca “Lane” que se cerró con pestillo automáticamente. No había manera de abrir desde adentro el herméticamente cerrado baúl.

La CPSC está investigando las muertes de los niños.

Los baúles de cedro “Lane” fueron retirados del mercado por primera vez en 1996. El retiro abarca 12 millones de baúles de cedro marcas “Lane” y “Virginia Maid” fabricados entre 1912 y 1987. Dicho retiro todavía está activo. Lane renovó su búsqueda de baúles peligros en marzo del 2000, tras enterarse de otra muerte y de dos incidentes casi mortales.

Si usted tiene uno de estos baúles, Lane quiere dejarle saber que continúan poniendo a disposición de los consumidores, cerraduras que evitan que niños queden atrapados dentro del baúl. Contacte a la compañía para solicitar un nuevo pestillo/cierre. Mientras espera el arribo de la nueva pieza(s), quítele al baúl la cerradura existente. No se arriesgue a que una tragedia le pueda suceder a su hijo.

Para solicitar la pieza(s) de reemplazo gratuita para su baúl “Lane” o “Virginia Made”, llame sin cargo al (800) 327-6944 o visite  http://www.lanefurniture.com/. La CPSC ha recibido reportes del fallecimiento de 34 niños desde 1996 en baúles, incluyendo baúles para juguetes, baúles de cedro, contenedores para almacenamiento de cedro, baúles “hope”, bancas con almacenamiento y cajas de cedro. Los baúles de cedro “Lane” no fueron vinculados con todas estas muertes.

Si usted tiene un baúl o contenedor para almacenamiento de cualquier tipo que no sea parte de este retiro del mercado, deshabilite o remueva el pestillo/cierre que asegura la tapa.

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