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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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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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The Ways CPSC Is Working For You

CPSC’s No. 1 goal is to work every day to protect consumers and families from deaths and injuries related to consumer products. CPSC is striving to become the global leader in product safety. Every year brings new challenges in a changing world – challenges we will meet, with a new strategic plan. As a modernized agency, our resources are focused to meet those challenges.

Here are examples of what the men and women who work at CPSC are doing to protect you.


Stay Connected to CPSC Because CPSC Stands For Safety.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/12/the-ways-cpsc-is-working-for-you/

CPSC.gov: The Beginning of Online Change

Welcome to a new and improved CPSC.gov home page.

CPSC.gov home page

CPSC.gov home page


We’ve made some significant changes to make it easier and faster for you to find the information you want at CPSC.gov. Today, you’ll see the first step toward a more modern CPSC.gov.

The rotating top photo area highlights important safety messages, consumer product safety recalls and news. Just below that, the tabs take you quickly to the latest recalls, news and video from CPSC. We encourage you to watch, share and embed our videos. Plus, you’ll see easy ways to subscribe to recall news and to get safety information by topic.

Prominent buttons makes it easier for consumers and businesses to report an unsafe product.

To the right, look for the “Get Involved” area. These are our active social media websites and tools where you can connect with us. Places like Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

Business users now have easy home page access to find the laws, regulations, standards and guidance that affect their products. A new “Publications” area makes it easier to find just the right safety message to share with others.

This page is just the start of major changes to CPSC.gov. We’re hard at work rebuilding the entire website. Throughout our process, we’re keeping your needs front and center. By the end of the summer, you’ll see an entirely new website designed to serve you better.

As always, if you have questions or comments about these changes, e-mail us at feedback@cpsc.gov.

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A Lesson in Testing

CPSC scientists recently opened the agency’s lab to fifth graders from Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, D.C. The students spend the year studying China. As part of a school project, each student is identifying a testable question about a consumer product and designing a “fair test” to answer that question. They came to the CPSC Product Testing Laboratory to learn how to test whether something used in the home is hazardous.

An airplane? No, a cigarette lighterWhat’s this product? Students were surprised to learn that the airplane is really a cigarette lighter.

Testing elements in a productHow do you know the elements that are in a product? With chemical tests, CPSC scientists measure stimulated emissions similar to light and color. That tells the chemists how much lead, cadmium and other elements of interest are in the product.

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