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View CPSC on YouTube: Your Consumer Product Safety Information Destination

In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, we have pulled together our Top Ten YouTube videos that you, our viewers, have valued the most (or at least spent the most time watching over the past 3 ½ years):

  1. Maclaren Stroller Recall Video
  2. Pool Safely Educational Video
  3. Safe Sleep for Babies: Learn How
  4. Advertencia sobre los Cargadores de Tela Para Bebé (CPSC Advises Parents “Use extra caution with infant carrier slings”)
  5. Crib Safety Q&A
  6. Furniture Tipover Tragedies
  7. SaferProducts.gov: Toy Chopper Frenzy (Saferproducts.gov, by the way, is celebrating its second anniversary on March 11!)
  8. Teen to Teen: Magnet Talk
  9. CPSC Advises Parents: “Use extra caution with infant carrier slings”
  10. Stop Using Recalled Simplicity Drop-Side Cribs

Did you know that CPSC has three YouTube channels? We launched with our main channel in 2009.

At the time, we posted Spanish videos on our single channel along with English. But as the channel grew, we wanted to make it easier for you to find our Spanish videos. USCPSC Español launched in May 2011. In addition, all of our Pool Safely campaign videos are on a dedicated Pool Safely YouTube channel.

Happy viewing!

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/03/view-cpsc-on-youtube-your-consumer-product-safety-information-destination/

Magnet Rulemaking: How You Can Be Involved

Updated: Sept. 4, 2012

In late August, CPSC voted to begin rulemaking to address the serious risks posed by hazardous, high-powered magnet sets. You will have 75 days to comment to the agency about the rulemaking. Your comments are due to CPSC by Nov. 19.

CPSC staff briefed the commission about the magnet hazards at an open meeting on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Between 2009 and 2011, our staff estimates that there were 1,700 cases treated in hospital emergency rooms nationwide related to the ingestion of small, high powered magnets. More than 70 percent of these cases involved children between the ages of 4 and 12.

The agency’s staff is proposing a rule that addresses the size and strength of the magnets. Under the proposed rule, magnets that fit in a small parts tester would be required to have a flux index of 50 or less. Many of the high-powered magnets in the sets sold today, by comparison, are many times stronger.

Magnet sets that do not meet the new requirements could not be sold as a manipulative or a desk toy.

CPSC has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register. (FR). Now that the proposed rulemaking has published, your opportunity to comment begins. Here’s where you can share your comments about this proposed rule. Your comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 19.

Rulemaking comments are submitted through the government website Regulations.gov. We will publicize the Federal Register notice and the link to comment on our website, our @OnSafety Twitter account, and in this blog.

We continue to encourage everyone to read the information on our magnet information page. Watch the video. Keep these magnets away from all children and out of homes with children. For us, it’s about keeping kids safe.

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Live Hands-On Event: Product Safety Is No Accident

Put Safety Into Play Poster: 3 Toy Tips to Remember

Calling all moms, dads and kids of all ages in the Washington, D.C., region. Join us at our ScienSafety! booth at this year’s USA Science and Engineering Festival.

The free festival is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C.

At our booth (booth #727!), kids will work with CPSC engineers on a hands-on demonstration on toy testing. They’ll learn first-hand how our scientists and engineers determine which ages a toy is appropriate for.

So, bring your kids to meet and play with us. They, and you, will learn how to play it safe.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2012/04/live-hands-on-event-product-safety-is-no-accident/

Tour Our Product Testing Laboratory

CPSC – you’re the recall agency, right? That’s how many think of us.

Here at CPSC, we’re all about keeping families safe – around the holidays and beyond. And that starts at our National Product Testing and Evaluation Center.

For a recall to happen, a product needs to be found to be unsafe by CPSC staff or its manufacturer. But exactly what does that mean? Here’s an inside view. Meet the scientists. See some of the tests. Think about these tests when you buy and use holiday gifts.

To watch this video in Adobe Flash format, you may need to download the Adobe Flash player. You can also watch the video in Windows Media format.

(Watch in Windows Media format.)

And be sure to check the products in your home against those that we’ve recalled.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/12/tour-our-product-testing-laboratory/

Inside the Lab: The Grand Opening

On Monday, June 13, 2011, CPSC opened a new state-of-the-art National Product Testing and Evaluation Center. The new lab has 2 ½ times more testing space than CPSC’s old facility, which was a former military missile site that CPSC first occupied in 1975. Here are some photos from the grand opening.

 

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