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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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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.

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

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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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Get Your Nominations Ready


Do you know a leader in consumer product safety?

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum is looking for nominations for her Chairman’s Commendation Circle Award. This award will recognize people, businesses, organizations, state and local governments, and other groups that have demonstrated a commitment to consumer product safety.

We’re sure you know one of these leaders. They come to the table with solutions and creative approaches to safety and they get things done. They have contributed in an important way to the benefit of consumers by reducing deaths, preventing injuries and improving consumer product safety.

Now’s your chance to nominate a leader in this area. Tell us about these people and their groups. How has your nominee contributed to improving consumer product safety? What are their notable accomplishments? And how have consumers benefitted from your nominee’s work?

So, go ahead. Start the process. Go to www.cpsc.gov/award to read the rules and get a nomination form. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2011.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/03/get-your-nominations-ready/

Hundreds of Kids Raise Awareness of CO

More than 400 Posters!

That’s how many entries we received from middle schoolers in our “Help Stop a Killer Contest.”

We sponsored this contest to help raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide, or CO, in the home. More than 180 people die every year from accidental, non-fire related CO poisoning associated with consumer products. In 2007, more than half of those deaths occurred from November through February.

Products like faulty or incorrectly vented fuel-burning appliances. Products like stoves improperly used to warm a home in the winter. Products like portable generators improperly used inside basements or near homes, garages, or sheds.

CO is a poisonous gas that you can’t see or smell. In addition to following these safety tips, you should take two main steps to prevent a CO tragedy in your house:

  •  Have a professional inspect your fuel-burning appliances, such as your furnace and fireplace, every year, and
  • Install a CO alarm on each level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
  • Take these steps today. And look at the terrific posters that so many kids took the time to make. Learn from them. Share your favorites with friends.

    As for us, we’re starting the judging and will announce the contest winners at the end of February.

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