This fall, CPSC will honor individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions to improving consumer product safety.
The deadline to NOMINATE them for a CPSC Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award has been extended to September 30, 2014.
Nomination forms and details about the award and previous winners are available at www.cpsc.gov/award .
Send your nomination to:
Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East West Highway, Suite 725
Bethesda, MD 20814
Nominations can also be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
Here at CPSC, we are always looking for new ways to collaborate with our partners and improve the safety of imports that are headed for the stores that you shop in. On Aug. 29, Sept. 1, and Sept. 2, CPSC and the European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (DG Enterprise) conducted in China the first-ever training events specifically designed for buyers and sourcing professionals. These training events are for the individuals who make vital decisions on products to be exported to the United States and Europe.
Company representatives who buy consumer products destined for retail sale are the key decision makers at the intersection of the production, supply and retail chains. They have the power to ensure that products purchased for their companies meet all U.S. and European safety requirements. Too often, they may lack the information to fulfill this role and that lack of information could impact the safety of you and your family. CPSC / DG Enterprise product safety buyer training aims to help fill that gap.
In each of three different manufacturing centers in China—Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shunde—product safety staff from the CPSC and DG Enterprise taught a one-day seminar (with simultaneous interpretation) for buyers and sourcing professionals, who procure consumer products for export to China’s two biggest foreign consumer markets. Beginning with a session covering general product safety information from both jurisdictions, attendees moved into more specific training sessions covering safety requirements for toys, apparel, and electrical products. These three categories represent products for the most vulnerable consumers or products that too often present a risk of injury or death.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham) hosted the training events. More information is available here.
Our goal is for companies to use this training opportunity to empower their buyers to identify and prevent safety problems in the production and supply of products. Failure to take a proactive approach could lead to a product seizure or recall. It is good for business and good for the customer when buyers take safety to the source.]]>
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Before you head to school or to work today, make sure you check your HP notebook computer chargers. You may have a faulty power cord that can cause burns or even a fire.
Hewlett-Packard recalled about 5.6 million power cords last week. The recalled power cords can overheat and pose a fire and burn hazard to you, your family and your home.
The power cords were distributed with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers and with AC adapter-powered accessories, such as docking stations. The power cords are black in color and have “LS-15” molded on the AC adapter end of the power cord.
With 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting and 13 claims of minor property damage, this recall is important, so take a minute and check if your power cord is part of the recall.
We urge consumers to immediately stop using the recalled cords, unplug them, and take action. Contact Hewlett-Packard for a free replacement power cord.
Hewlett-Packard can be reached toll-free at (877) 219-6676 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.hp.com/
Click here for more information on this recall.]]>
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:
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.]]>
Have you ever heard of carbon monoxide? CO is a poisonous gas. It’s also called the invisible killer, because you can’t see or smell it, and it takes the lives of many people each year.
You can get CO poisoning from:
What can you do to prevent CO poisoning?
You can WIN prize money. CPSC will award $500 to the top 10 finalists (three from each grade and one winner of the public vote) and another $1,000 will go to one lucky grand prize winner. Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades can enter.
Want to know more? Check out our contest at www.cpsc.gov/CO. Watch our video for more info too. Vote for your favorite poster. Draw a poster, save a life, win a cash prize! The contest runs through February 2015.]]>
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Often, when thinking of the Fourth of July, one of the first things that come to mind are big, beautiful fireworks, with vibrant colors that light up a summer night’s sky. In the midst of all this holiday grandeur, it is important to understand fireworks safety and how to prevent tragedy during your July 4 celebration.
In 2013, 65 percent or 7,400, of all firework injuries occurred in the 30 days surrounding July 4th. The majority of these injuries occurred simply because of the malfunction or improper use of legal and illegal fireworks.
Here are some ways fireworks can malfunction:
You, your friends, and family can be put at risk by:
Small fireworks, like bottle rockets, sparklers, and small firecrackers can appear harmless to children, but during the 30 days surrounding July 4, these kinds of fireworks injured an estimated 1,000 children under the age of 5.
Did you know that sparklers can burn so hot they can melt copper? A sparkler can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter! That’s as hot as a blow torch!
Take a look at our “Un Spark-tacular Celebration” video on children with sparklers.
If you do decide to buy legal fireworks, be sure to take the following safety steps:
Celebrate with safety this Fourth of July.
For more information on fireworks safety, visit our Fireworks Safety Information Center.]]>
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.
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.]]>
We’ve received a tragic sixth report of a baby dying in a Nap Nanny infant recliner.
Our Safe to Sleep experts urge all parents and caregivers who own a Nap Nanny or Nap Nanny Chill recliner to stop using it immediately. We do not want any other family to suffer the loss of their child or experience serious injury to their child.
Help us save other babies—spread the word.
Since 2010, safety problems with the Nap Nanny have been explained in recalls, a safety blog, and a legal settlement against the now out-of-business firm. CPSC is again warning parents to stop using these infant recliners because deaths occurred in two ways:
The latest death occurred in Hopatcong, N.J. where an 8-month-old girl secured by a belt was found partly hanging over the side of a Nap Nanny recliner, trapped between the product and a crib bumper.
Dispose of these products from your home immediately.
Nap Nanny recliners should no longer be sold in stores, but stay away from them at yard sales, as a hand-me-down gifts or on an online auction site. CPSC is aware of parents posting online about how much they like these products, but the products are hazardous and it is illegal to sell or resell them.
Our concern at CPSC is for the safety of any baby placed inside this product. Deaths have happened in both the Generation 2 (Gen 2) and Chill models of the Nap Nanny.
Five of the six deaths occurred in a Nap Nanny recliner placed in a crib with a crib bumper where the caregiver thought the child would be safe. Remember the safest place for your baby is in a bare crib on his or her back. Never add cushions, pillows, quilts or comforters to your baby’s crib, bassinet or play yard.
CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using all Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners. The manufacturer, Baby Matters LLC, is no longer in business and is not accepting returns. In December 2012, four major retailers—Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us—announced a voluntary recall of Nap Nanny and Chill models sold in their stores. Consumers who purchased a Nap Nanny from one of these retailers should contact the retailer for instructions on how to obtain a refund for the product.]]>
After all May is bike safety month.
Many bicyclists may already know these basics:
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.
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:
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:
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.]]>
Do you care for someone who uses portable bed rails? These rails and handles may not provide the added safety you seek. If the person you are caring for has physical limitations, dementia or delirium, portable bed rails could be hazardous. From January 2003 to December 2013, CPSC received reports of nearly 175 deaths related to adult portable bed rails. In addition, an estimated 39,600 adult portable bed rail injuries were treated in hospital emergency departments from 2003 to 2012. Most of these deaths and injuries occurred with people who were 60 years old and older. FDA reported 531 deaths from January 1985 to January 2013 with bed rails used on hospital beds. The biggest cause for deaths and injuries are from people becoming trapped. Entrapments happen between rails or between the rails and a mattress, a commode, the floor or a headboard. Portable bed rails include rails, handles and grab bars. They are attachable and removable from a bed, not designed as part of the bed by the manufacturer, and are installed on or used along the side of a bed. When we discuss portable bed rails, we’re referring to those used in homes and care facilities, not those on hospital beds, for the following purposes:
They should NOT be used as a restraint to keep a person in a bed. Bed rails come in different styles, shapes and sizes. Here are a couple of examples:
Before you install a bed rail, consult with a doctor, and consider whether this is the right product for your situation. There are other alternatives when a bed rail is not the right solution. If you do choose to install a bed rail, follow these tips from CPSC and FDA:
Are you interested in more information related to bed rails and/or older adults? FDA has a website section dedicated to Bed Rail Safety. CPSC recently published a report detailing consumer product related injuries to people 65 and older. We also offer a free Home Safety Checklist for Older Consumers to help you stay safe.]]>
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Baja Motorsports Recalls Mini Bikes||23,000 units||The front fork can separate from the wheel, posing fall and crash hazards to riders.|
|Trek Recalls Madone Bicycles||6,800 units||The bicycle’s front brake can fail, posing a crash hazard.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|West Marine Recalls Folding Bicycles||4,600 units||The bicycle’s frame can break during use, posing a fall hazard to the rider.|
|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.|
Five Cinco de Mayo Facts:
The new and improved CPSC website gives easier access to a variety of safety alerts, recalls, safety videos, tips and news. Look at the Safety Education Centers to go in-depth on safety for such topics as cribs, poison prevention and magnets. Get free safety guides to share with family, friends and your community.
To keep track of CPSC recalls and safety information in real time follow us on Twitter.
3. OnSafety blog:
We’re posting more Spanish blogs than ever before aimed directly at educating parents and general consumers with easy to understand information.
4. Spanish YouTube Channel:
To see and share safety education videos in Spanish.
5. Neighborhood Safety Network:
If you serve Latino families in your community, please join the NSN. This free program sends out posters and timely messages to get safety information into the hands of underserved communities. The language and design of our materials are tailored to the Hispanic community.
CPSC works to make every community in the United States safer. Spanish-speakers, Latino media and those serving the Latino community help us save lives by spreading the word on safety.]]>