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Cinco (Five) Resources For Cinco de Mayo

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Five Cinco de Mayo Facts:

  • Celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla in Mexico on May 5, 1862.
  • Often confused with Mexican Independence Day.
  • Important connection to the first years of the American Civil War.
  • Now a celebration of diversity in the U.S.
  • An occasion for all Hispanic Americans to learn about five lifesaving resources from CPSC. Girl showing family a laptop

1. SeguridadConsumidor.gov:
The new and improved CPSC website gives easier access to a variety of safety alerts, recalls, safety videos, tips and news. Look at the Safety Education Centers to go in-depth on safety for such topics as cribs, poison prevention and magnets. Get free safety guides to share with family, friends and your community.

2. @SeguridadConsum:
To keep track of CPSC recalls and safety information in real time follow us on Twitter.

3. OnSafety blog:
We’re posting more Spanish blogs than ever before aimed directly at educating parents and general consumers with easy to understand information.

4. Spanish YouTube Channel:
To see and share safety education videos in Spanish.

5. Neighborhood Safety Network:
If you serve Latino families in your community, please join the NSN. This free program sends out posters and timely messages to get safety information into the hands of underserved communities. The language and design of our materials are tailored to the Hispanic community.

CPSC works to make every community in the United States safer. Spanish-speakers, Latino media and those serving the Latino community help us save lives by spreading the word on safety.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/05/cinco-five-resources-for-cinco-de-mayo/

Developers: We’ve Got a Challenge for You!

Safety APP_BlogHow many consumers know that you can go online and tell the government about consumer product safety problems that you encounter?

How many of you know that you can search those reports before you spend your own money on a particular product?

Since the launch of SaferProducts.gov in March 2011, more than 18,000 product safety reports have been submitted to CPSC. The site gets about 200,000 visits every month.

Those numbers are a good start. But we want to do better. That’s where you come in.

Help us!

The Consumer Product Safety Apps Challenge is simple: Create apps and innovative tools that raise awareness of these reports and of consumer product recalls.

You can get the reports through our SaferProducts API. The recalls API is here.

Mash up the information with product review sites, auction sites and search. Get creative and come up with the next brilliant idea for educating consumers about product safety.

Your reward? You can put on your resume that you built something that saved lives and prevented injuries. Plus, you get to meet our Acting Chairman and take home $1,000. We’ll feature the four winners in a live webcast award ceremony (archived on YouTube), where you’ll get to show off your work.

The complete contest and rules are available at Productsafetyapps.challengepost.com

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/developers-weve-got-a-challenge-for-you/

We’re now @USCPSC on Twitter!

Back in 2009, when CPSC first launched our social media efforts, @OnSafety looked like a perfect name for us. After all, CPSC is your expert resource for topics on consumer product safety.

But name recognition is important. Agencies like FDA, CDC, and NASA are well associated with their acronym. And so it should be for us. That’s why we’ve changed our Twitter handle to @USCPSC.

From now on, watch for our tweets from @USCPSC. We’ve got all the same valuable information: recalls, safety tips, free posters, infographics and the latest updates on the agency’s work.

Continue to follow us, retweet us and share our new name!

In addition, you can connect with us on YouTube, G+, Flickr, our blog and Slideshare. If you speak Spanish or know someone who does, follow us @SeguridadConsum.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/were-now-uscpsc-on-twitter/

#AskCPSC About Toy Safety

Mark your calendars for 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

That’s when CPSC will host our first Google+ Hangout. CPSC’s lead toy engineer and our toy safety spokeswoman will be live.

Our expert engineer, John Massale, will explain some toy testing scenarios and talk about toy hazards to look for. Spokeswoman Nikki Fleming, who has nearly two decades of experience talking about toy safety, will take general toy shopping, recall and injury questions.

Post your questions to us via Twitter or Google+ using the #AskCPSC hashtag or on CPSC’s G+ Hangout event page.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/12/askcpsc-about-toy-safety/

CPSC Videos: Where to Watch

Have you ever wondered:

  • Can I watch a CPSC Commission briefing about topics such as children’s products or a CPSC public hearing, such as the recent one on hazardous, high powered magnet sets?
  • Are there videos showing recently recalled products?
  • Are there safety videos that I can watch and share on my own website?

The answer to all these questions is YES!

We’ve made some recent upgrades to CPSC.gov to improve your video watching experience. Go to our Newsroom tab to find Videos.  Here’s what you’ll find:

highlights of the video player pages on CPSC.gov

 

Happy viewing!

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/11/cpsc-videos-where-to-watch/