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First Ever CPSC+EC Product Safety Training for Buyers and Sourcing Professionals in China

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Participants at Product Safety Seminar

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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HP Recalls 5.6 Million Power Cords – Do you have one?

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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.

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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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Middle schoolers wanted for poster contest!

Calling all middle schoolers!  CPSC is hosting a poster contest on carbon monoxide safety. CO20ContestBrochure

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:

  • A car left running in the garage
  • The gas furnace in your home not functioning properly
  • A portable generator running in an enclosed space, basement or living area
  • A charcoal grill used inside your home

What can you do to prevent CO poisoning?

  • Make sure your parents have a professional inspection of your furnace, fireplace and other fuel-burning appliances every year.
  • Have CO alarms in your house.
  • Never use generators or charcoal grills inside your home.
  • Draw a poster about the dangers of carbon monoxide and what you can do to prevent CO poisoning and enter it into CPSC’s contest at www.cpsc.gov/COContest!!

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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Don’t let injuries from fireworks become part of your tradition this holiday

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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:

  • Inconsistent flight paths
  • Tip-over incidents
  • Early or late ignitions
  • Debris and blowouts

You, your friends, and family can be put at risk by:

  • Purchasing and using illegal fireworks;
  • Letting children use fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers;
  • Creating or modifying any fireworks;
  • Igniting fireworks too close to someone or something; and
  • Setting off fireworks improperly.

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:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging; often, this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Move away to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not gone off or fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light one item at a time, then move away quickly.
  • After fireworks have gone off and fully functioned, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding, to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Know the risks. Prevent the tragedies. And, have an injury-free Fourth!

Celebrate with safety this Fourth of July.

 

For more information on fireworks safety, visit our Fireworks Safety Information Center.

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