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 August 1, 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.]]>
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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.]]>
Did you buy a children’s wall-mounted lamp or nightlight from IKEA? So did a lot of people. Take some time today to see if your child’s light is recalled.
IKEA is recalling about 3.5 million lamps in the U.S., 1.4 million in Canada and 30.2 million worldwide. Children can get tangled and strangle in the electrical cord that hangs from the lamp.
IKEA previously recalled some of these lamps in December 2013. As we reported then, 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, which happened in Europe, the children pulled the lamp cords into the crib.
Twenty seven styles of lamps and nightlights are included in the IKEA lamp recall expansion. Here are some of them:
Take down these lamps until you get and install the free repair kit from IKEA. The repair kit includes self-adhesive fasteners to attach the lamp’s cord to the wall. Here’s IKEA’s contact information:
CPSC joins the Department of Defense (DoD) in supporting military children and recognizing the sacrifices they and their parents make. At CPSC, we want military families to be aware of the hidden hazards that can pose safety risks in military housing. CPSC believes that the safety of military kids should not be sacrificed while in the comfort of their homes. During the DoD’s Month of the Military Child, CPSC urges military families to set aside some time to learn how to prevent tragedies that have taken the lives of too many young children:
Unintentional Poisoning: Reduce the risk of unintentional poisoning in your homes by thinking outside the box and beyond medicine and kitchen cabinets.
Furniture and Appliance Tip-Over: Take simple, low-cost steps to prevent tip-overs of furniture, TVs and appliances. As we say, “Anchor It and Protect A Child.”
Strangulation: Go cordless with your window blinds and shades to prevent cord strangulations.
Falls from Windows: Always keep in mind that window screens will keep bugs out, but won’t keep children in.
In-Home Drowning: Be aware that children can drown quickly and silently in containers of water inside the home as well as in outdoor pools.
Also, make sure you are using children’s products — like cribs, play yards and strollers — that meet up-to-date safety requirements.
Kids, especially children in military families, have to adapt to a lot of things while growing up. No matter whether you live on or off base, we encourage you to take the simple steps that can prevent these home hazards from hurting your child.]]>
|Char-Broil Recalls Patio Bistro Gas Grills||69,300 units in U.S. and 1,900 in Canada||The electronic ignition on the grill can ignite unexpectedly, posing a burn hazard.|
|Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines Recalled by LaRose Industries||102,000 units||A brass rivet can fall out of the sno-cone machine’s ice-shaving cylinder and into a sno-cone, posing a risk of injury to the mouth or the teeth.|
|Toro Recalls TimeMaster and TurfMaster Lawn Mowers||34,500 units in United States and 1,600 in Canada||The mower’s blade can break and injure the user and others nearby.|
|Solowave Recalls Home Playground Tube Slides with Port Holes||10,800 in the United States and 9,900 in Canada||The plastic port hole-type windows in the tube slide can break, posing a laceration hazard to children.|
|Sterling Rope Company Recalls Sewn Cords||9,200 in the United States and 480 in Canada||Sewn cords break at a lower weight than published weight values, posing a fall hazard.|
|Nationwide Industries Recalls Trident Pool Gate Latches||2,500 units||The magnet contained in the striker portion of the latch assembly can come loose, preventing the latch from securing a gate.|
|Horizon Hobby Recalls Remote Controlled Model Helicopters||1,980 units United States and 200 in Canada||The tail rotor grip used for securing the tail rotor blade to the tail rotor hub can separate and release from the helicopter, posing a risk of a crash and injury hazard.|
|Gas Trimmers Recalled by efco||1,400 units in the United States and 166 in Canada||The muffler on the trimmer’s engine can break during use and pose a fire hazard.|
|Nantucket Distributing Recalls Clay Bowl Outdoor Fireplaces||1,200 units||When fire is lit, pieces of the clay fireplace bowl can blow off of the bowl posing impact and burn hazards|
You may have missed the first notice, but if you use a Summer Infant video baby monitor, be sure to check your nursery to see if you have one of the models with the recalled rechargeable batteries. This recall has been expanded to include an additional 740,000 units and there have been additional incident reports. The monitor’s rechargeable batteries can overheat, cause burns or even property damage.
Today’s announcement from CPSC and Summer Infant includes more than 20 models of Summer Infant handheld color video monitors. Check the recall for specific model and date codes included.
Summer Infant is providing a postage paid envelope to return the batteries in exchange for a free replacement battery.
Stop using the video monitors immediately, remove the batteries and contact Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 to get the free replacement battery. The monitor can continue to be used on AC power with the power cord. Help get the word out about the recall and encourage caregivers, grandparents and child care centers to take advantage of the recall remedy.
We’re also reminding you that you can get direct email notification about product recall announcements on CPSC’s email subscription page.
As for those traditional baby monitor cords, we urge you to keep these cords at least 3 feet away from your baby’s crib to avoid a strangulation hazard. Here’s a video that shows why: