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Back-to-School is the Season for Safety

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It’s that time of the year again!

Parents and caregivers have pencils, binders, backpacks and notebooks on their back-to-school shopping list. But, as the countdown begins and students head back to school, what should you have on the back-to-school “safety” list?

Here are a few things you should pencil in:

  1. If your child bikes to school, make sure he/she has the appropriate helmet that fits his/her head properly and is worn correctly.  Check out “Which Helmet for Which Activity” for guidance.
  2. Make sure playground equipment has been inspected and maintained.  There are more than 200,000 injuries on playground each year—and many of them are serious.  Our Public Playground Safety Handbook is a great source to learn about how to design and install a safer playground.
  3. Take the drawstrings out of your child’s jackets and sweatshirts to prevent a strangulation hazard on playgrounds and school bus doors.
  4. Visit CPSC.gov  to check for recalls on your new and used back to school products.
  5. Be sure to check out our ABCs of school safety video with former CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum:

A.  Always wear the right helmet

B.  Be safe and have fun

C.  Careful with the clothing, Mom and Dad.

At CPSC, we hope all kids have a safe school year and do great in the classroom.

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Bike Safety Know-It-All? Maybe Not

Feel like a know-it-all when it comes to Bike Safety?Hispanicbike300X200

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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Check Your Garage for Summer Recreation Products Recalled In the Winter

Vacations and outdoor activities are the highlight of any summer, but before you head out for your summer trip, check if any of those warm weather activity products were recalled this winter like those below. To check other products for safety issues, go to SaferProducts.gov.

Product Photo Product Units Hazard
Off-Road motorcycles
Husqvarna Recalls Closed-Course/Competition Off-Road Motorcycles 260 units The motorcycle’s throttle cable can malfunction so the rider loses speed control, posing a crash hazard.
TailwindRackBlack LogoLARGE Burley Design Recalls Tailwind Racks for Trailercycles 4,150 in the U.S. and 17 in Canada The top portion of the tailwind rack that connects trailercycles to a towing bicycle can break and allow the trailercycle to disconnect, posing a fall hazard.
K2SportsKickboardLARGE K2 Sports Recalls Kickboards/Scooters 400 units The front assembly of the kickboards/scooters can break and the handle can detach or partially detach, causing loss of control or loss of balance. This poses a fall hazard to the rider.
114024BajaMiniBikeLARGE Baja Motorsports Recalls Mini Bikes 23,000 units The front fork can separate from the wheel, posing fall and crash hazards to riders.
TrekMadone52LARGE Trek Recalls Madone Bicycles  6,800 units  The bicycle’s front brake can fail, posing a crash hazard.
Fox - 34-float black LARGE Fox Factory Recalls Evolution Mountain Bike Suspension Forks  11,250 units in U.S. and 1,250 in Canada  The suspension fork’s damper cylinder/piston can separate and cause the front wheel to detach, posing a fall hazard.
bindingsbLARGE Cabrinha Kiteboarding Recalls H2 Binding  57 units U.S. and 5 in Canada  The binding can detach from its base while riding and lead to loss of control, which poses a risk of injury.
Sunnto Air Hose LARGE Suunto Recalls Air Hoses Used With Scuba Gear  1,300 units  The high pressure air hose may leak or rupture leading to a loss of breathing gas, posing a drowning hazard.
WestMarinePortRunnerLARGE West Marine Recalls Folding Bicycles  4,600 units  The bicycle’s frame can break during use, posing a fall hazard to the rider.
Photo1RollerbaldeTempest90Mens07302200741LARGE Rollerblade USA Recalls Tempest Inline Skates 11,800 pairs The mounting holes in the boot and frame can be misaligned causing the boot to separate from the frame, posing a fall hazard.

 

 

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Bicycle Safety: It’s No Accident!

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Tune up your bikes, and get riding!

Around the country this month, organizations are sponsoring Bike to School and Bike to Work days. It’s a great time to remind yourselves and your kids about bike safety.
Mother strapping helmet on a child.
Step 1: “Strap It On, Save a Life.” Having a helmet head is cool—and it protects your brain. Nearly 70 percent of all fatal bicycle crashes involve head injuries. Wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of a brain and head injury by as much as 85 percent.  Follow these tips to make sure your helmet is doing its job:

  • When buying a helmet look for the label that reads “Complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standards for Bicycle Helmets.”
  • Tighten chin straps and adjust padding so the helmet feels snug, forms a V around the ears, and does not move up and down or side to side. Watch this video from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on how to put a helmet on correctly.

Step 2: Check your family’s bikes for safety.

  • Make sure the tires have the proper amount of air.
  • Adjust and tighten the seat and handlebars. Remember, kids grow!
  • Check and adjust the brakes so your family’s riders can stop quickly.
  • Consider taking bikes to a local bike shop for a tune up periodically.

Step 3: Be alert when riding.

  • Ride on the right side of the road in a straight, predictable path.
  • Children younger than 9 should not ride on roads. They don’t yet have the skills to identify and avoid dangerous situations.

Want to know more?  This bicycle safety page has brochures and posters to guide you to better bike riding safety.

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Back-to-School Safety

It’s August! Do you know what that means? BACK-TO-SCHOOL!

While you’re scrambling to pull together fall clothes and school supplies, and sort through your transportation options, be sure to keep a few safety tips in mind:

      1. Many schools are now joining the First Lady’s

Let’s Move Initiative

      and/or the

Safe Routes program

      to encourage walking or biking to school. Whether you’re part of one of these movements or your child already rides a bike or scooter to school, be sure that he/she wears a properly fitted helmet. The helmet should fit snuggly, be flat on top of the head and have a buckled chin strap. It should not move up and down or from side to side. Make sure to replace any helmets that have been in an accident. Helmets only do their job once!

boy on a bicycle wearing a helmet
2. Helmets belong on the head when riding a bicycle, but not when playing on a playground. Teach your child to take the helmet off before he or she plays on a playground. Bike helmets can get stuck in openings on playground equipment, causing a child to strangle.

3. One item that doesn’t belong near a child’s neck is a drawstring. So, look closely at your child’s jackets, “hoodies,” or sweatshirts to ensure there are no drawstrings in the upper portion of the garment. You also should take a look at waist or bottom drawstrings on your child’s jackets and other upper clothing. New regulations specify that you shouldn’t be able to see more than 3 inches of the string when the clothes are stretched wide.

CPSC has received 26 reports of children who died when the drawstring on their clothing became tangled on playground slides, school bus doors and other objects. Waist and bottom drawstrings have been caught in doors or other car parts resulting in dragging incidents.

4. Is soccer your child’s sport? If so, CPSC recommends that soccer coaches, school officials and soccer field maintenance personnel anchor goals to the ground so they do not fall over and cause a serious injury or death.

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