Our first-ever poster contest for middle school students was a huge success! Congratulations to Trachell from Hawaii, who won the grand prize for the following poster:
Grand Prize Winning Poster: Designed by 8th grader Trachell from Hawaii
Out of the nearly 450 entries submitted in the contest, CPSC judges chose nine finalists. The judging was based on CO safety message, visual appeal and design originality. Each finalist receives $250. The grand prize winner receives an additional $500.
Here are all the finalist posters:
To see all the posters that were submitted, go to www.challenge.gov/CPSC
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/03/we-have-a-winner/
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/07/put-safety-in-play-this-fourth-of-july/
It’s that shivering time of year again. Most of the U.S. is feeling below freezing temperatures and even the South is experiencing a hard freeze.
So stored-away space heaters emerge in our efforts to stay warm. We at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (C.P.S.C.) want to remind you about a few winter safety tips. From 2003 through 2005, there was an annual average of 57,300 fires and 270 fire deaths associated with portable heaters, central heating systems and fireplaces and chimneys.
To use your space heater properly, there are several do’s and don’ts:
- Use a space heater that has been tested to the latest safety standards and has been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. These heaters have the most up-to-date safety features. Older space heaters may not meet newer safety standards. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for proper use.
- Place the heater on a level, hard nonflammable surface such as a ceramic tile floor.
- Keep the heater at least three feet away from bedding, drapes, furniture and other flammable materials.
- Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
- Turn the heater off if you leave the area.
- Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.
- Don’t place a space heater close to any sleeping person.
- Never use gasoline in a kerosene space heater, as even small amounts of gasoline mixed with kerosene can increase the risk of fire.
- Don’t use portable propane space heaters indoors or in any confined space unless they are specifically designed for indoor use.
Also, be sure to guard against carbon monoxide poisonings by installing carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Make sure that your CO alarm batteries are fresh and working.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/01/use-your-space-heaters-safely/
Recent Infant Death in a Recalled Simplicity Wooden Drop Side Crib Raises Number of Fatalities to 11. Some of the Cribs include the Graco Logo and Winnie-the-Pooh Motif.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers about the dangers associated with recalled Simplicity wooden drop side cribs manufactured by Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc., of Reading, Pa. The firms appear to no longer conduct day to day operations.
CPSC has recently been made aware of an additional death which occurred in September 2009 involving a 7-month-old child from Princeton, Kentucky who became entrapped in the crib when a part of it broke. On July 2, 2009, CPSC issued a recall describing the death of an 8-month-old child from Houston, Texas who became entrapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke. CPSC also is aware of an additional 25 incidents involving the drop side detaching from the crib. Read more
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2009/12/cpsc-launches-new-effort-to-find-recalled-simplicity-cribs-still-in-use/