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This infographic is also posted on CPSC’s Flickr page for easy sharing.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/cpsc-infographic-portable-generator-related-deaths/
Update: Jan. 6, 2014: Winter weather and extreme cold have been crossing the U.S. If you lose power, keep portable generators outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors. See below for more safety information. If you use a space heater to stay warm, follow these tips.
First Posted: Dec. 6, 2013
Dangerous ice and snow is sweeping across the plains, south, and heading east. There are expected to be widespread power outages associated with this large storm.
Are you planning on using a portable gas generator to help you during or after the storm this week?
When dealing with severe winter weather and power outages some people take unnecessary risks. Do not take extra risks with your generator. It can be deadly. (Take a look at this infographic to see just how deadly.) Its invisible odorless CO exhaust can kill you and your family in just minutes.
Be safe. Put your generator:
- OUTSIDE! Keep it at least 20 feet* away from windows and doors.
- Do NOT put generators in garages or basements. An open door does NOT provide enough ventilation to save you from deadly carbon monoxide gas.
When you use a generator, be sure to have a working CO alarm in your home. (Note: You should do this anyway.)
Finally, know the initial symptoms of CO poisoning:
- Shortness of breath
Get outside into fresh air quickly and call 911 immediately. Know what to do.
* Minimum distance recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here’s more information on carbon monoxide.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/01/winter-weather-alert-generators/
Do you have these wall-mounted IKEA children’s lamps in your home?
IKEA is recalling these lights and supplying you with free self-adhesive fasteners to attach the lamp’s cord to the wall.
Two children, a 16-month-old and a 15-month-old, got tangled in the lamp’s cord while the children were in their cribs. One child died, the other nearly strangled. In both of these instances, the children pulled the lamp cords into the crib.
Take down these lamps until you get and install the free repair kit from IKEA. Here’s IKEA’s contact information:
- Toll-free phone: (888) 966-4532 anytime
- Online at www.ikea-usa.com and click on the Recall link at the top of the page for more information.
This recall is the second in the past month involving cords strangling young children. In November, Angelcare announced a recall to repair movement and sound baby monitors after two deaths. Keep all cords possible at least 3 feet away from your baby’s crib. Here are more @OnSafety blogs explaining various kid/cord issues.
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/12/ikea-reporting-child-death-involving-wall-mounted-lamp-recall/
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Thanksgiving Day cooking fires are triple the number of cooking fires on an average day.
See the pan on fire:
Here’s what happens when you try to put out the fire with water:
The pan fire explodes.
Stand by your pan. In the event of a fire:
- Cover the pan with a lid to smother the flames.
- Turn off the stove.
- Call 911.
- Do NOT use water or flour on the fire. They can make the fire worse.
- Keep an extinguisher nearby and use it if necessary.
Similarly, a turkey fryer can go from start to fire in less than a minute.
- Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a porch.
- Always use the fryer outside and away from your home.
- Don’t overfill the fryer with oil.
- Don’t put a frozen turkey in hot oil.
For more fire safety tips, visit CPSC’s Fire Safety Information Center
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/11/stand-by-your-pan-thanksgiving-cooking-fire-prevention/
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Who doesn’t love fall Time Change Sunday? We get an extra hour. What are you going to do with your newfound time?
Here’s a thought: When you wake and find yourself with that extra hour, change all of the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms. Talk about time well spent.
Yes, it’s that important safety time of year, when we government folks, along with fire and other safety officials around the country, recommend that you spend some time focused on safety. There’s good reason for this, as these alarms save lives. Remember, they can only do their job if you do yours.
When you do this:
Take a few moments to do this, too:
This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/10/replace-your-smoke-alarm-and-co-alarm-batteries-this-sunday/