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Protect Young Children from Burns on Glass Fronts of Gas Fireplaces—Use Protective Barriers

If you have one of theseGlass front fireplace without screen

 

and one of these in your house,Woman with young boy

you need to hear about a new way to protect the safety of you and your family.

Starting on January 1, 2015, all new gas fireplaces, and fireplace heaters that vent to the outside, will come with a protective barrier.  This barrier will be there to prevent your child and others from coming into direct contact with the glass front of the fireplace.

Gas fireplace screen

 

Why should you care?

Glass front fireplace injury from burn

You should care because the glass fronts of fireplaces can reach 500° F or even 1,000° F, and children and others can be badly burned by touching the glass.

Severe burns can happen in seconds.

 Glass front fireplace injury from burn

Numerous young children have been burned this way. You can prevent this from happening to your child.
Glass front fireplace injury from burn

Protective barriers will be standard on new gas fireplaces starting on January 1.  Make sure to use the barrier.

If you already have a fireplace, buy a protective retrofit barrier to protect your little ones from being burned. Barriers can include attachable safety screens, safety gates and fireplace safety screens like you see below.  If you choose an attachable safety screen, check with your fireplace manufacturer to get the right one for your fireplace. You can buy safety screen barriers at fireplace retailers and hardware stores and purchase safety gates at big box and/or baby product stores.

Gas fireplace screen  Two young children playing in front of a screened off fireplace  Gas fireplace with screen

In addition to the safety barrier, make sure to supervise young children around the fireplace.

We want to thank the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA), which chaired the voluntary standards committee that developed the new ANSI industry standards requiring barriers. We also want to recognize Dr. Carol Pollack-Nelson, who petitioned CPSC and sparked movement on the voluntary standards to address gas fireplace-related burns to children, and also recognize the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for sharing information with CPSC about the terrible burn injuries children have suffered by touching hot fireplace glass.

The HPBA and AAP have more safety information on their websites. Check them out.

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Check Your Closet for Apparel Recalled Last Summer

Cooler weather means it is time to pull out our jackets, hoodies, boots and sweaters. Here is some apparel you may wear in the winter that has been recalled over the summer months. To check other products for safety issues, go to SaferProducts.gov.

 

Product Recall Press Release Hazard/Remedy Products/Description
Eastman Footwear Recalls Coleman Runestone Children’s Shoes Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Big 5 Sporting Goods. About 12,200 units 14-111 The metal rivets surrounding the holes where the shoestring is secured on the shoes can have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard. Refund Eastman Footwear Coleman Runestone Children’s Shoes
Eastman Footwear Coleman Runestone Children’s Shoes
BRP Recalls Ski-Doo and Can-Am Lithium-ion Rechargeable Batteries and Heated Gloves Due to Fire Hazard. About 450 in U.S. and 1,200 in Canada 14-115 The glove’s lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Refund BRP Ski-Doo and Can-Am Lithium-ion Rechargeable Batteries and Heated Gloves
BRP Ski-Doo and Can-Am Lithium-ion Rechargeable Batteries and Heated Gloves
BedHead Pajamas Recalls Children’s Pajamas Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard. About 800 units 14-146 The pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children. Refund BedHead Children’s Pajamas
BedHead Children’s Pajamas
Rocky Brands Recalls Georgia Boot Steel-Toed Shoes Due to Compression Hazard. About 6,800 units 14-148 When compressed, the steel toe cap in the shoes can fail to protect the wearer’s feet. Replace Rocky Brands Georgia Boot Steel-Toed Shoes
Rocky Brands Georgia Boot Steel-Toed Shoes
Runway Global Recalls Sugarfly Girls’ Coats; Waist Drawstring Poses Entanglement Hazard. About 1,700 units 14-157 The coats have a drawstring around the neck area which poses a strangulation hazard to children. Refund Runway Global Sugarfly Girls’ Coats
Runway Global Sugarfly Girls’ Coats
FXR Factory Racing Recalls Children’s Outerwear Due to Strangulation Hazard. About 420 units in the U.S. and 34,357 in Canada 14-163 The coats have a drawstring around the neck area which poses a strangulation hazard to children. Refund FXR Factory Racing Children’s Outerwear
FXR Factory Racing Children’s Outerwear
Benetton Recalls United Colors of Benetton Boys Jackets; Waist Drawstring Poses Entanglement Hazard. About 93 units 14-272 The jackets have a drawstring at the waist which poses a strangulation hazard to children. Refund Benetton United Colors of Benetton Boys Jackets
Benetton United Colors of Benetton Boys Jackets
Active Apparel Recalls Boys Fission Zipper Hooded Sweatshirts. About 7,800 units 14-286 The sweatshirts have drawstrings around the neck area which pose a strangulation hazard to children. Refund Active Apparel Recalls Boys Fission Zipper Hooded SweatshirtsActive Apparel Boys Fission Zipper Hooded Sweatshirts
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Check for Winter Products Recalled Last Summer

It is time to start warming up the snow blowers and lighting the fireplace. Before you do, take a look at some home products you may use in the winter that were recalled over the summer months. To check other products for safety issues, go to SaferProducts.gov.

 

Product
Recall Press Release
Hazard/Remedy
 Products/Description
Dyson Recalls Bladeless Portable Electric Heaters Due to Fire Hazard.About 338,000 units in the U.S. and 43,000 in Canada 14-143 The heaters can develop an electrical short and overheat, posing a fire hazard to the consumer.Repair dysonelectricheatersDyson Bladeless Portable Electric Heaters
Hussong Manufacturing and American Flame Recall Three Gas Fireplaces, Fireplace Inserts Due to Explosion Hazard.About 13,600 units in the U.S. and 2,170 in Canada 14-144 The main control module can allow gas to be released and buildup in the burner area, posing an explosion hazard. Repair  Modern tastefully decorated living roomHussong Manufacturing and American Flame Recall Three Gas Fireplaces, Fireplace Inserts
Ariens Recalls Snow Throwers and Power Brushes Due to Amputation and Laceration HazardsAbout 5,700 units 14-158 A drive pulley can crack while in use and cause the auger/impeller or brush to continue to rotate after the clutch lever is disengaged. This poses amputation and laceration hazards to consumers.Repair ariensthrowersAriens Snow Throwers and Power Brushes
White-Rodgers Recalls Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats Due to Fire HazardAbout 740,000 in the US and 403,000 in Canada 14-166 The alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can leak onto the circuit board posing a fire hazard. Repair or Replace whiterodgersthermostatsWhite Rodgers home heating and cooling thermostats
Sunbeam Recalls Holmes Ceramic Heaters Due to Fire HazardAbout 151,600 units 14-195 The ceramic heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.Refund sunbeamholmesSunbeam Holmes Ceramic Heater
Weil-McLain Recalls Ultra Series Boilers Due to Risk of Fire, ExplosionAbout 7,900 units in the United States and 540 in Canada 14-203 A cap on the boiler’s manifold can crack and release gas into the home, posing a risk of fire and explosion.Repair weilmclainboilerWeil-McLain Ultra Series Boiler
Wolf Steel Recalls Napoleon Propane Gas Fireplaces Due to Laceration HazardAbout 600 units in the United States and 2,400 in Canada 14-218 The pressure from the ignition of the propane gas can cause the glass front to break, posing a laceration hazard.Repair wolfsteelfireplaceWolf Steel Propane Gas Fireplaces
All Power America Recalls Snow Throwers Due to Fire HazardAbout 10,000 units 14-222 Exposure to Chinese gasoline for extended periods of time while testing the product overseas caused the carburetor needle to become corroded and allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.Repair  allpoweramericansnowthrowersAll Power American Snow Thrower
Vornado Air Recalls Electric Space Heaters Due to Fire and Burn HazardsAbout 79,000 units 14-256 The heater can overheat and cause the units to melt, catch fire and ignite nearby items, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.Replace  vornadospaceheaterVornado Air Recalls Electric Space Heaters
Goodman Company Recalls Air Conditioning and Heating Units Due to Burn and Fire HazardsAbout 233,500 units 14-263 The power cords on the air conditioning and heating units can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.Repair  goodmancompanyunitsGoodman Company Recalls Air Conditioning and Heating Units
Hearth & Home Technologies Recalls Gas Fireplaces, Stoves, Inserts and Log Sets Due to Risk of Gas Leak and Fire HazardAbout 20,000 units 14-279 The gas valve in the unit can leak, posing a fire hazard.  Repair hearthandhomefireplaceHearth and Home Technologies Recalls Gas Fireplaces, Stoves, Inserts, and Log Sets
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Protect Your Family from Deadly Carbon Monoxide This Winter

It won’t be long before freezing weather and snow are here.

Icicle on roof and snow

Did you know that November, December, January and February are top months for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths in the United States?

 

 

home heater furnace

These are the primary months when consumers crank up their furnaces and portable heaters to stay warm. Nearly two-thirds of non-fire related CO deaths take place in those four cold weather months.

 

 

 

 

Portable gas generators are also used in the cold months because of power outages, due to snow and ice storms.

Generator scene

CPSC has joined with the National Fire Protection Association this year to warn consumers and firefighters about CO, which kills more than 400 people every year, according to the CDC. CO is called the invisible killer because you cannot see or smell it.

Here is what you can do to prevent CO from hurting your family:

  • Before using your chimney or turning on the furnace, get chimneys and fuel-burning appliances checked by a professional who services those items to make sure they are working correctly and vented to the outside properly.
  • Get a CO alarm. Better yet, install one on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.

CO alarm

  • If you already have CO alarms, make sure they are working properly. Have you changed the batteries this year? If not, replace the batteries.
  • Replace CO alarms every 5 years or as recommended by the manufacturer. Newer CO alarms have end of life indicators that beep when the alarm is at the end of its working life and needs to be replaced.
  • Never use a portable generator inside your house, garage, basement, crawlspace, shed or in a semi-enclosed space, such as a porch close to the house. Generators should be at least 20 feet away from the house when in use.

Freezing weather and snow in the winter are a fact of life. Don’t let CO take yours.

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The DIY Halloween

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Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving

Before you carve out the scariest jack-o’-lantern in the neighborhood, read CPSC’s tips to prevent nicks and cuts this Halloween. During October and November 2013, more than half of the estimated 4,400 Halloween-related injuries involved pumpkin carving.

  • Kid helpers can grab a spoon and scoop out the inside, or use a marker to trace the template, but leave the carving to the adults.
  • When the masterpiece is carved, consider inserting a battery-operated light rather than an open-flame candle.

Costume Creating

Has your little one requested to be a fairy with a long, flowing dress? Or is the request for a superhero with the best cape ever? Regardless of the type of costume you create this Halloween, CPSC urges you to begin crafting with safety in mind.

  • When selecting fabric, use bright colors of polyester or nylon. Natural fibers, such as cotton, can burn fairly quickly, if there is contact with an open flame.
  • Avoid baggy or oversized costumes. Many injuries last year involved trips and falls.Costume
  • Eye and nose holes in masks should allow for full visibility and adequate breathing. Makeup is a safer alternative.
  • If purchasing a costume, mask, beard or wig, look for the flame resistant label. Although that label doesn’t mean the product will not catch fire, it should extinguish quickly or resist burning.
  • Always use reflective tape as a trim for costumes and outerwear. A bright flashlight or glow stick can also help illuminate the trick-or-treaters.
  • If you plan to disguise your eyes with decorative contact lenses this Halloween, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns of serious eye damage. Follow the FDA’s safety tips to help prevent injury.

 Creative Decorating

Halloween Safety Tips

Lesson one for a Safe Haunted House is fire prevention. Prevent candle fires by substituting the open flame for battery-operated lights and glow sticks. Last year, CPSC received reports of fires involving Halloween-themed candles and a report of a house deemed a total loss after a decorative pumpkin went up in flames.

Lesson two is careful placement of decorations. To prevent falls, remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.

Lesson three, use CPSC’s ladder safety tips to prevent injuries while putting up or taking down decorations.

Lighting checklist:

  • For indoor décor, keep candles and jack-o’-lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.
  • Don’t overload extension cords.Halloween Decorations

Now that your costumes and decorations have been created and placed with safety in mind, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds you to take safe steps on Halloween night. Follow NHTSA’s pedestrian safety tips to help prevent injury.

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