Chairman Inez Tenenbaum will leave CPSC on Nov. 30. Commissioner Robert Adler will take over as Acting Chairman of the agency.
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.
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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:
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Earlier this week, we participated in a #CordSafety Twitter chat. These chats are useful to spread safety advice. Chats also give everyone insight into what parents are doing in their homes. Here’s an important question that was posed in the chat:
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:
- When my kids were smaller, we tied up the cords to top of the blinds. Revisited often.
- I tie them up and keep them out reach. From window cords to appliance cords.
- Answer – rooms with blinds have the cords tied up at the top of the window.
- I tie them in a loose bow, well out of reach. Keep furniture away, that they could stand on, teach safety
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:
- Cordless: Self explanatory. This is the safest option.
- Shades with inaccessible cords: You shouldn’t be able to grab onto a cord in any way.
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.
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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:
- 1. Bare is Best for the safety of your baby’s sleep environment. Your baby can be cozy without the clutter. Never place pillows, quilts or comforters in your baby’s crib, bassinet or play yard.
- 2. You can’t always fix it. Duct tape and your tool box are tempting, but NEVER try to fix a crib that is broken and in disrepair. Cribs made after June 28, 2011, have to be tested to make sure they meet the most stringent performance and testing requirements in the world. Discard and destroy cribs made before that date. Your child’s crib should be the safest product in your home.
- 3. Anchor and Protect. Here’s where your tools come into play. Install anchors or straps on your television and other furniture. Kids like to climb, often to get a remote or toy placed up high. Even furniture that appears stable may not be when placed on carpet or when a toddler pulls out all the drawers to scamper up.
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Now that the government has re-opened, we’re back and will begin posting blogs again soon.
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