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We’re now @USCPSC on Twitter!

Back in 2009, when CPSC first launched our social media efforts, @OnSafety looked like a perfect name for us. After all, CPSC is your expert resource for topics on consumer product safety.

But name recognition is important. Agencies like FDA, CDC, and NASA are well associated with their acronym. And so it should be for us. That’s why we’ve changed our Twitter handle to @USCPSC.

From now on, watch for our tweets from @USCPSC. We’ve got all the same valuable information: recalls, safety tips, free posters, infographics and the latest updates on the agency’s work.

Continue to follow us, retweet us and share our new name!

In addition, you can connect with us on YouTube, G+, Flickr, our blog and Slideshare. If you speak Spanish or know someone who does, follow us @SeguridadConsum.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/02/were-now-uscpsc-on-twitter/

Winter Weather Alert: Generators

Update: Jan. 6, 2014: Winter weather and extreme cold have been crossing the U.S. If you lose power, keep portable generators outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors. See below for more safety information. If you use a space heater to stay warm, follow these tips.

First Posted: Dec. 6, 2013

Dangerous ice and snow is sweeping across the plains, south, and heading east.  There are expected to be widespread power outages associated with this large storm.

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. (Take a look at this infographic to see just how deadly.) Its invisible odorless CO exhaust can kill you and your family in just minutes.

Be safe. Put your generator:

  • OUTSIDE! Keep it at least 20 feet* away from windows and doors.
  • Do NOT put generators in garages or basements. An open door does NOT provide enough ventilation to save you from deadly carbon monoxide gas.

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:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness.

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.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/01/winter-weather-alert-generators/

Holiday Toy Safety Q&A

Are you last-minute holiday shopping? If so, take some time to watch CPSC’s first Google+ Hangout.

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.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/12/holiday-toy-safety-qa/

IKEA Reporting Child Death Involving Wall-Mounted Lamp; Recall

Do you have these wall-mounted IKEA children’s lamps in your home?

Recalled Ikea children's lamps

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:

  • Toll-free phone: (888) 966-4532 anytime
  • Online at www.ikea-usa.com and click on the Recall link at the top of the page for more 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.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/12/ikea-reporting-child-death-involving-wall-mounted-lamp-recall/

#AskCPSC About Toy Safety

Mark your calendars for 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

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.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/12/askcpsc-about-toy-safety/