Our expert engineer, John Massale, explained some toy testing scenarios and talked about toy hazards to look for. Spokeswoman Nikki Fleming, who has nearly two decades of experience talking about toy safety, gave general toy shopping tips and talked about recalls and injuries associated with toys.]]>
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:
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.]]>
That’s when CPSC will host our first Google+ Hangout. CPSC’s lead toy engineer and our toy safety spokeswoman will be live.
Our expert engineer, John Massale, will explain some toy testing scenarios and talk about toy hazards to look for. Spokeswoman Nikki Fleming, who has nearly two decades of experience talking about toy safety, will take general toy shopping, recall and injury questions.
Post your questions to us via Twitter or Google+ using the #AskCPSC hashtag or on CPSC’s G+ Hangout event page.]]>
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. Its invisible odorless CO exhaust can kill you and your family in just minutes.
Be safe. Put your generator:
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:
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.]]>
Our new global system to make toys safer means:
Here are some things you should know:
Helmets, safety gear and supervision are key for safety when children play on riding toys.
Finally, CPSC continues to be concerned with children’s access to high-powered magnet sets:
Here are some additional toy safety tips:
We’re reminding you because today CPSC, in cooperation with Angelcare Monitors Inc., is announcing a recall to repair movement and sound baby monitors after two deaths. A cord attaches the baby monitor sensor pad under the crib mattress with the nursery monitor unit. This cord poses a strangulation risk if the child pulls the cord into the crib and the cord becomes wrapped around the child’s neck.
Angelcare is providing cord covers for Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitors with Sensor pads. These cord covers are designed to prevent a child from pulling the cord into the crib. Make sure to contact Angelcare at (855)355-2643 or www.angelcarebaby.com to get a free cord cover.
As for those traditional baby monitor cords, we continue to recommend that you keep these cords and monitors at least 3 feet away from your baby’s crib. Here’s a video that shows why:
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:
Similarly, a turkey fryer can go from start to fire in less than a minute.
For more fire safety tips, visit CPSC’s Fire Safety Information Center]]>
The answer to all these questions is YES!
We’ve made some recent upgrades to CPSC.gov to improve your video watching experience. Go to our Newsroom tab to find Videos. Here’s what you’ll find:
After 4 ½ years of transforming the Consumer Product Safety Commission into the global leader in consumer product safety, Chairman Inez M. Tenenbaum has announced that she will be stepping down from her post on November 30. Though the Chairman completed her term at the end of October, she will continue to lead the agency through the end of this month. Starting on December 1, Tenenbaum will join the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where she will work with the Product Safety, Risk Prevention & Regulatory Practice Group on product safety regulatory matters. She will also be practicing at the firm with former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley on education policy. Tenenbaum will be working in Nelson Mullins’ Columbia, S.C. and Washington, D.C. offices.
During Chairman Tenenbaum’s tenure, CPSC restored confidence in the safety of the marketplace and refocused its vision on advancing consumer protection. Through the successful implementation and enforcement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act; education and enforcement of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act; creation of a Strategic Plan; creation of the Office of Education, Global Outreach, and Small Business Ombudsman; launch of a social media initiative, and more, CPSC has connected with consumers and provided industry with predictability. Chairman Tenenbaum created a culture where CPSC staff play a leading role in identifying and addressing the most pressing consumer product safety priorities and mobilizing action by our partners. By collaborating with key global and domestic stakeholders, CPSC is primed to leverage limited resources to save many lives and prevent many injuries.
Beginning on December 1, Commissioner Robert Adler, the current Vice Chairman, will take over as Acting Chairman of the agency. Commissioner Adler has served on the Commission since August 2009, and previously served for nine years as an attorney-advisor to two commissioners. Commissioner Adler has played a key role in the development of the SaferProducts.gov database and independent, third-party testing of children’s products, and he has spoken frequently about the safety risks posed by all-terrain and recreational off-highway vehicles.
Another recent announcement is the selection of Elliot Kaye as the new Executive Director. Kaye succeeds Kenneth Hinson, who departed from the agency on October 18. Kaye has served in the Office of the Chairman since October 2010, first as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel, and then as Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel. He has played a vital role in advancing the Chairman’s efforts to reduce brain injuries in youth sports, prevent deaths and serious burn injuries to children from the ingestion of coin cell batteries, and combat deaths and injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition to being the Executive Director, Kaye will retain the title of Acting Chief of Staff during the remainder of Chairman Tenenbaum’s tenure.]]>
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:
The number of people who said they tie up the cords and place them up high surprised us. Here’s a sample of the responses:
Tie ‘em up is risky. It gives parents a false sense of security. Cords can, and do, get tangled. Sometimes, this happens after parents tie the cords up to childproof the cords.
One child strangles in window cords nearly every month. Kids can easily wrap dangling or accessible cords around their necks and get tangled. Even cords tied up and high can be accessible to young children. There have been incidents of well-intentioned, tied up cords that have ended tragically.
Take a look at our blog on Kids and Cords from 2010. In there, we tell you about parents who regularly tried to tie hanging window covering cords up so that they did not hang down. Dad left his 22-month-old son for about 10 minutes, only to find him strangled in tangled cords.
This incident is not the only tragic tale of the “tie them up” approach. That’s why we recommend the following options for families with young children:
The top two are the best options. If new window coverings truly aren’t an option in your budget install a retrofit kit. These kits are a short-term fix, especially for mini-blinds made before 2000. Just remember that these kits do not address all the hazards posed by cords.
Exposed cords must be inaccessible to children. Tying them up and/or knotting them up can be dangerous. Look for products that are specifically designed to keep the cords out of sight and reach. If you don’t go cordless now, make the cords in your home inaccessible.
For more information on window covering cord safety, please visit CPSC’s Window Covering Cords Information Center.
Hey Dads, we hear you! Fatherhood is exciting and joyous and a crazy new world. Navigating the life of your baby or toddler is full of wonderful moments—and some hurdles. To help you clear and even avoid some of those hurdles, we have a safety game plan to share with you. Check out these simple safeguards for your little one:
Get more safety information daily by following us @OnSafety on Twitter and on Google+.]]>
Don’t let this happen to you:
If you have a dehumidifier in your home, check this recall to see if YOUR dehumidifier is included in the recall. The recalled brands are:
The specific models are listed in this recall notice
If you own one of the recalled products, stop using it and contact Gree for a refund.]]>