We are excited to introduce the Regulatory Robot, an important new tool and a step forward in the way that the CPSC works with small businesses.  The Robot helps companies determine which consumer product safety rules might apply to their product.  The Robot asks small businesses making new products a series of guided interview questions, and, based on the answers, produces a downloadable report.  The report is customized with links to product safety regulations that may apply to the product.  (…)

Read More Jan 7

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During November and December 2014, there were 12 fatalities and an estimated 14,500 injuries treated in hospital ERs nationwide, due to holiday decorations. That’s an average of about 240 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 (…)

Read More Dec 7

Did you know that the number of kitchen fires triples on Thanksgiving Day?  Yes, it can happen to you.

There is an average of about 1,300 kitchen fires on Thanksgiving compared to about 400 on other days, looking at the data from 2010 through 2012.

It makes sense.  Thanksgiving is all about gathering family and friends and cooking a big homemade meal.

So now that you know about the increased fire threat, how do you cook Thanksgiving dinner safely?

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Read More Nov 23

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Sometimes the holiday season can be stressful. But, shopping for toys doesn’t have to be. In fact, the good news is that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported a decline in toy recalls in the past few years and consumers can shop with confidence.

In fiscal year 2015, CPSC issued 25 toy recalls, way down from 172 in 2008. Even with the decline in recalls, CPSC continues to detect and detain too many violative toys at U.S. ports. These dangerous imports (…)

Read More Nov 19

There were more than 12,500 deaths of adults 65 years old and older from 2009 to 2011 that were associated with consumer products reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Nearly three-quarters of the deaths involved falls, 70 percent of which were due to falling on stairs, ramps, landings and floors.

 

Twenty-seven percent of the consumer product-related deaths reported to CPSC were not fall related. Instead, the deaths most frequently involved drowning in pools (…)

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