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Baby Movement Monitor Recall: A Cord Issue

Angelcare Movement and Sound Sensor MonitorWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Kids and cords are a dangerous mix! No matter the product—baby monitors, window coverings, or baby movement monitors —cords in little hands can end up strangling a child.

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.

Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitor with rigid strips repair kit installed

Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitor with rigid strips repair kit installed

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:

 

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Stand by Your Pan: Thanksgiving Cooking Fire Prevention

Blog in Spanish

Thanksgiving Day cooking fires are triple the number of cooking fires on an average day.

See the pan on fire:

Pan on fire on a stovetop

Here’s what happens when you try to put out the fire with water:

A firefighter sprays water on the pan fire, exploding it.

The pan fire explodes.

Stand by your pan. In the event of a fire:

  • Cover the pan with a lid to smother the flames.
  • Turn off the stove.
  • Call 911.
  • Do NOT use water or flour on the fire. They can make the fire worse.
  • Keep an extinguisher nearby and use it if necessary.

Similarly, a turkey fryer can go from start to fire in less than a minute.

Turkey fryer fire before the turkey goes into the fryer and the fire afterwards

  • Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a porch.
  • Always use the fryer outside and away from your home.
  • Don’t overfill the fryer with oil.
  • Don’t put a frozen turkey in hot oil.

For more fire safety tips, visit CPSC’s Fire Safety Information Center

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/11/stand-by-your-pan-thanksgiving-cooking-fire-prevention/

CPSC Videos: Where to Watch

Have you ever wondered:

  • Can I watch a CPSC Commission briefing about topics such as children’s products or a CPSC public hearing, such as the recent one on hazardous, high powered magnet sets?
  • Are there videos showing recently recalled products?
  • Are there safety videos that I can watch and share on my own website?

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:

highlights of the video player pages on CPSC.gov

 

Happy viewing!

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A Time of Change At CPSC

Chairman Inez Tenenbaum will leave CPSC on Nov. 30. Commissioner Robert Adler will take over as Acting Chairman of the agency.

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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Replace Your Smoke Alarm and CO Alarm Batteries This Sunday

Blog in Spanish

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.

It’s simple:

When you do this:

Clock showing 2'o clock with arrow to clock showing 1 o'clock

Take a few moments to do this, too:

Hands inserting a new battery into a smoke alarm

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