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New Safety Standards to Keep your New Baby Safer in the New Year

Smiling baby with Happy New year hat
Expecting a new baby in the New Year? Overwhelmed with where to begin? Well, there is exciting news about nursery products. Over the past few years the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has strengthened nursery product standards to ensure safer products in the marketplace.






Here’s what CPSC has been doing to help keep babies safe:

New crib standards
CRIBS: All cribs sold in the U.S. with a manufacture date after June 28, 2011 must meet new federal requirements before being sold. These rules prohibit traditional drop-side rails, strengthen crib slats and mattress supports, and improve the quality of hardware—all through more stringent testing requirements.

CRADLES/BASSINETS: All cradles and bassinets manufactured or imported on or after April 23, 2014 must meet the new standard. The new standard addresses risks not previously covered such as mattress flatness stability.

New play yard standards

PLAY YARDS: As of February 28, 2013, testing for play yards became more rigorous. Play yards must meet new safety standards that prevent entrapments, eliminate sharp-edged cracks and side rail collapse or forming a V when folded to prevent strangulation.

STROLLERS: A new standard for strollers and carriages becomes effective on September 25, 2015. Hazards addressed in the standard include the prevention of head entrapments, falls, pinching, cuts and amputations.

A new report from CPSC found that about 75,000 children were treated in emergency departments nationwide in 2013 due to injuries associated with, but not necessarily caused by, nursery products.  Tragically, more 100 children younger than age 5 die each year from nursery products.  The majority of injuries were caused by falls, while positional asphyxia (when a baby cannot get enough air due to his/her position), strangulation, and drowning were among the leading causes of death. Some fatalities were attributed to the product and others resulted from hazards such as clutter and soft bedding in a child’s sleep environment.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Remember! Never add clutter, such as pillows, quilts or comforters, to any crib, play yard, bassinet or cradle.
  2. Always place baby on his/her back on a firm tight fitting mattress with a fitted sheet.
  3. Positioning devices are unnecessary and can also be deadly.
  4. Always keep ALL cords and monitor parts out of the reach of babies and young children – at least 3 feet away.

Safe to Sleep
So consider newer, safer nursery products that are available and take simple steps to place your baby Safe to Sleep®.




This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/12/new-safety-standards-to-keep-your-new-baby-safer-in-the-new-year/

Check for Winter Products Recalled Last Summer

It is time to start warming up the snow blowers and lighting the fireplace. Before you do, take a look at some home products you may use in the winter that were recalled over the summer months. To check other products for safety issues, go to SaferProducts.gov.


Recall Press Release
Dyson Recalls Bladeless Portable Electric Heaters Due to Fire Hazard.About 338,000 units in the U.S. and 43,000 in Canada 14-143 The heaters can develop an electrical short and overheat, posing a fire hazard to the consumer.Repair dysonelectricheatersDyson Bladeless Portable Electric Heaters
Hussong Manufacturing and American Flame Recall Three Gas Fireplaces, Fireplace Inserts Due to Explosion Hazard.About 13,600 units in the U.S. and 2,170 in Canada 14-144 The main control module can allow gas to be released and buildup in the burner area, posing an explosion hazard. Repair  Modern tastefully decorated living roomHussong Manufacturing and American Flame Recall Three Gas Fireplaces, Fireplace Inserts
Ariens Recalls Snow Throwers and Power Brushes Due to Amputation and Laceration HazardsAbout 5,700 units 14-158 A drive pulley can crack while in use and cause the auger/impeller or brush to continue to rotate after the clutch lever is disengaged. This poses amputation and laceration hazards to consumers.Repair ariensthrowersAriens Snow Throwers and Power Brushes
White-Rodgers Recalls Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats Due to Fire HazardAbout 740,000 in the US and 403,000 in Canada 14-166 The alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can leak onto the circuit board posing a fire hazard. Repair or Replace whiterodgersthermostatsWhite Rodgers home heating and cooling thermostats
Sunbeam Recalls Holmes Ceramic Heaters Due to Fire HazardAbout 151,600 units 14-195 The ceramic heaters can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.Refund sunbeamholmesSunbeam Holmes Ceramic Heater
Weil-McLain Recalls Ultra Series Boilers Due to Risk of Fire, ExplosionAbout 7,900 units in the United States and 540 in Canada 14-203 A cap on the boiler’s manifold can crack and release gas into the home, posing a risk of fire and explosion.Repair weilmclainboilerWeil-McLain Ultra Series Boiler
Wolf Steel Recalls Napoleon Propane Gas Fireplaces Due to Laceration HazardAbout 600 units in the United States and 2,400 in Canada 14-218 The pressure from the ignition of the propane gas can cause the glass front to break, posing a laceration hazard.Repair wolfsteelfireplaceWolf Steel Propane Gas Fireplaces
All Power America Recalls Snow Throwers Due to Fire HazardAbout 10,000 units 14-222 Exposure to Chinese gasoline for extended periods of time while testing the product overseas caused the carburetor needle to become corroded and allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.Repair  allpoweramericansnowthrowersAll Power American Snow Thrower
Vornado Air Recalls Electric Space Heaters Due to Fire and Burn HazardsAbout 79,000 units 14-256 The heater can overheat and cause the units to melt, catch fire and ignite nearby items, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.Replace  vornadospaceheaterVornado Air Recalls Electric Space Heaters
Goodman Company Recalls Air Conditioning and Heating Units Due to Burn and Fire HazardsAbout 233,500 units 14-263 The power cords on the air conditioning and heating units can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.Repair  goodmancompanyunitsGoodman Company Recalls Air Conditioning and Heating Units
Hearth & Home Technologies Recalls Gas Fireplaces, Stoves, Inserts and Log Sets Due to Risk of Gas Leak and Fire HazardAbout 20,000 units 14-279 The gas valve in the unit can leak, posing a fire hazard.  Repair hearthandhomefireplaceHearth and Home Technologies Recalls Gas Fireplaces, Stoves, Inserts, and Log Sets

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/11/check-for-winter-products-recalled-last-summer/

The DIY Halloween

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Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving

Before you carve out the scariest jack-o’-lantern in the neighborhood, read CPSC’s tips to prevent nicks and cuts this Halloween. During October and November 2013, more than half of the estimated 4,400 Halloween-related injuries involved pumpkin carving.

  • Kid helpers can grab a spoon and scoop out the inside, or use a marker to trace the template, but leave the carving to the adults.
  • When the masterpiece is carved, consider inserting a battery-operated light rather than an open-flame candle.

Costume Creating

Has your little one requested to be a fairy with a long, flowing dress? Or is the request for a superhero with the best cape ever? Regardless of the type of costume you create this Halloween, CPSC urges you to begin crafting with safety in mind.

  • When selecting fabric, use bright colors of polyester or nylon. Natural fibers, such as cotton, can burn fairly quickly, if there is contact with an open flame.
  • Avoid baggy or oversized costumes. Many injuries last year involved trips and falls.Costume
  • Eye and nose holes in masks should allow for full visibility and adequate breathing. Makeup is a safer alternative.
  • If purchasing a costume, mask, beard or wig, look for the flame resistant label. Although that label doesn’t mean the product will not catch fire, it should extinguish quickly or resist burning.
  • Always use reflective tape as a trim for costumes and outerwear. A bright flashlight or glow stick can also help illuminate the trick-or-treaters.
  • If you plan to disguise your eyes with decorative contact lenses this Halloween, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns of serious eye damage. Follow the FDA’s safety tips to help prevent injury.

 Creative Decorating

Halloween Safety Tips

Lesson one for a Safe Haunted House is fire prevention. Prevent candle fires by substituting the open flame for battery-operated lights and glow sticks. Last year, CPSC received reports of fires involving Halloween-themed candles and a report of a house deemed a total loss after a decorative pumpkin went up in flames.

Lesson two is careful placement of decorations. To prevent falls, remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.

Lesson three, use CPSC’s ladder safety tips to prevent injuries while putting up or taking down decorations.

Lighting checklist:

  • For indoor décor, keep candles and jack-o’-lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.
  • Don’t overload extension cords.Halloween Decorations

Now that your costumes and decorations have been created and placed with safety in mind, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds you to take safe steps on Halloween night. Follow NHTSA’s pedestrian safety tips to help prevent injury.

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/10/the-diy-halloween/

HP retira del mercado 5.6 millones de cables eléctricos. ¿Tiene uno?

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Cable eléctrico de computadora notebook HP

Antes de salir de casa a la escuela o trabajo, asegúrese de revisar el cargador de su computadora portátil o notebook HP. Podría tener un cable eléctrico defectuoso que puede ocasionar quemaduras o hasta un incendio.

Hewlett-Packard retiró del mercado alrededor de 5.6 millones de cables eléctricos hace unos días. Los cables eléctricos retirados pueden sobrecalentarse y presentar un riesgo de quemadura para usted, su familia y su hogar.

Los cables eléctricos fueron distribuidos con computadoras notebook y mini notebook HP y Compaq; y con accesorios alimentados a través de un adaptador de corriente alterna (CA) como estaciones de acoplamiento. Los cables eléctricos son de color negro y tienen una marca “LS-15″ moldeada en el extremo del adaptador de CA del cable eléctrico.

Con 29 reportes de cables eléctricos sobrecalentados y derretidos o carbonizados que resultaron en dos reclamaciones por quemaduras leves y 13 reclamaciones por daños a la propiedad menores, este retiro es importante. Por eso, tómese un minuto y revise si su cable eléctrico ha sido retirado.

Exhortamos a consumidores a dejar de usar de inmediato y desenchufar los cables eléctricos retirados; y a tomar acción. Contacte gratuitamente a Hewlett-Packard para solicitar un reemplazo gratuito al (877) 219-6676 de lunes a viernes entre las 8 a.m. y las 5 p.m., hora de la montaña, o en línea en www.hp.com.

Haga clic aquí para más información sobre este retiro.

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/09/hp-retira-del-mercado-5-6-millones-de-cables-electricos-tiene-uno/

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.

This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/08/hp-recalls-5-6-million-power-cords-do-you-have-one/