During November and December 2015, there were six fatalities and an estimated 14,000 injuries treated in hospital ERs nationwide, due to holiday decorations. That’s an average of about 230 injuries per day during the holiday season!

Falls, lacerations, back strains and ingestion of foreign objects were among the top holiday decorating-related injuries last season. To prevent decorating disasters, CPSC counts down the 12 Ways to Celebrate Safely:

12. Take special care with sharp, weighted, (…)

Read More Dec 5

It’s been said, “Home is where the heart is.” And the heart of a home during the holidays is often in the kitchen.  But did you know that more fires occur in the kitchen than in any other room in the house? And that cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home? We estimate an average of about 1,400 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day each year. This is more than three times the average number of cooking fires each day throughout the rest of the year.

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Read More Nov 22

It’s holiday time and as a gift giver you may be receiving your child’s top toy wish list. You may also feel overwhelmed with ads on the hottest, trendiest and best toy lists. Choosing the right style, color or brand may be the first thing that crosses your mind; but, CPSC wants to remind you that safety should always come first.

As you prepare to spread some holiday cheer with toy purchases, avoid choices that could land your child in the emergency room. CPSC still receives too many reports (…)

Read More Nov 17

CPSC port investigators, in partnership with the port staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, are screening and stopping dangerous and violative products at U.S. ports from coast to coast. In all, from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015, more than 10.5 million products that violated U.S. safety rules were prevented from reaching the hands of U.S. consumers, a 123% increase from the previous year.

CPSC is also working to enhance its port surveillance technology that targets shipments (…)

Read More Nov 8

No, we are not going to recite the hickory dickory dock nursery rhyme. But we are going to remind you of an important action that you can take as Daylight Saving Time ends. So are you ready to “fall back” and spring into action? Good, then let’s do this!

Clocks turn back an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6th with the end of Daylight Saving Time. That means it’s also time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. It could save your life and the lives of your (…)

Read More Nov 3