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CPSC Science: Fireworks Injuries 2014 Update

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We have an updated version of our Fireworks Injuries infographic. The risks are the same. The only change is in the numbers. We also post these infographics on Flickr for easy sharing.

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The “Regulation Wizard”— Helping Small- and Micro- Businesses Produce Safe & Compliant Products

On June 18, the President hosts the first-ever White House Maker Faire. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Small Business Ombudsman will be there to announce a collaboration with Etsy.com and 18F to support “makers” and small businesses through CPSC’s development of a new “regulation wizard.” The online tool will provide consumer product safety requirements for inventors, makers and entrepreneurs bringing new products to market.

The “maker movement” links long-standing American traditions of tinkering, inventing and entrepreneurship with newer technologies, such as desktop laser cutters, new design software and additional desktop machine tools. These new tools are enabling more Americans to design and build almost anything, oftentimes more quickly and without the costly infrastructure previously required.
CPSC has recognized the increasing importance of these small- and micro- businesses—these makers— in creating new, innovative, fun and useful products. CPSC continues its efforts to “take safety to the source” by working with these businesses as they design, develop, and manufacture to make sure their products are safe and compliant with safety requirements.

The new wizard will catalog safety requirements, which can sometimes be hard to find and decipher, and present them in a form that will be accessible to all businesses. This will allow small- and micro- businesses to spend less time trying to find applicable safety regulations and more time trying to make sure their new product meets or exceeds those requirements.

CPSC, through its Small Business Ombudsman, is developing the “regulation wizard” utilizing open-source software tools, developed by the General Service Administration’s (GSA) innovative technology startup 18F. CPSC is populating the “regulation wizard” with data to create an application that will provide an easy-to-understand and cost-effective way for small businesses and makers to cut through red tape. Once built, CPSC will invite users of Etsy.com and other small- and micro- businesses to a collaborative “data jam” session to make sure this publicly available information from CPSC performs as promised and is designed in a way to best help these small businesses find and comply with all applicable safety regulations for their new consumer products.

The White House is using #NationOfMakers on Twitter for the June 18 event. For updates from the CPSC’s Small Business Ombudsman on this “regulation wizard” project and other important regulatory updates, follow him on Twitter @CPSCSmallBiz and sign up for email updates at www.cpsc.gov/email. If you are a maker or a small- or micro- business that is just beginning to learn CPSC requirements, navigate to www.cpsc.gov/BusinessEducation to learn more.

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Bike Safety Know-It-All? Maybe Not

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After all May is bike safety month.

Many bicyclists may already know these basics:

  • Buy and wear a helmet and check that its label says it complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standards;
  • Make sure your helmet fits snugly and the chin strap forms a V around the ears;
  • Keep your bicycle tires filled with the proper amount of air;
  • Ride on the right side of the road in a straight, predictable path.

Even though you likely have heard those tips, when’s the last time you checked for bicycle recalls? In the past year CPSC has recalled about 20 bicycles and bicycle parts.

Bike safety is no accident. Read more safety tips (including our very cool Sprocket Man comic book) on our Bike Safety Guides page.

 

 

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CPSC Infographic: Big Real Rough Tough Deadly ATV Statistics

Blog en español This infographic is also posted on CPSC’s Flickr page for easy sharing.

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Ride Smart to Avoid Tragedy

Memorial Day Weekend is tough on all-terrain vehicle riders.

 

During the four days of the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, there were at least 14 deaths and an estimated 2,850 emergency room treated injuries associated with ATV usage, according to reports gathered by CPSC. Four of the 14 fatalities during that weekend involved children younger than 16. Reports for the four holiday weekends from 2009 to 2012 show a total of more than 73 ATV-related fatalities.

Let’s make this year different and this riding season safer, starting with Memorial Day Weekend.

CPSC is urging riders to throttle up safe practices in order to put the brakes on life-altering tragedies. Ride safe by following these basic rules of the trail:

  • Don’t allow children younger than 16 to drive or ride on adult ATVs.
  • Never allow a child younger than 6 to drive or ride on any ATV.
  • Never have more people on the vehicle than it was designed to carry.
  • Always wear a helmet and protective gear when riding any ATV. If the vehicle is designed to carry passengers, make sure they have on protective gear, too.
  • Don’t drive an off-road vehicle on paved roads.
  • Take a hands-on safety training course. This is especially important for young or first-time operators.

ROV drivers and riders need to be vigilant this riding season, as well. Overall deaths associated with these powerful machines with car-like seats and steering wheels have reached more than 400 over the past 10 years.

In addition to the tips for ATV riders, ROV drivers and passengers should take these steps:

  • Never have more passengers than there are seat belts and never carry passengers in cargo beds.
  • Always fasten seat belts and keep all parts of your body inside the vehicle.
  • Never transport passengers who cannot place both feet on the floorboard with their backs against the seat..

And, whether you’re operating an ATV or an ROV, drive at a safe speed and use care when turning and crossing slopes.

Ride smart and ride safe to avoid tragedies this weekend and all season long.

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