Staying healthy and injury-free as we age is a goal we all share. But how do you do it?

Consider the facts: seniors have suffered about five million medically-treated consumer product-related injuries each year since 2007. The majority of consumer product-related deaths involve seniors 65 and older.

The number, rate and costs of serious consumer product-related injuries to seniors have risen along with the size of the population of older adults in the U.S.

At the U.S. Consumer Product Safety (…)

Read More May 20

If you’re a member of CPSC’s Neighborhood Safety Network (NSN), you’re probably familiar with the free safety posters we offer.  Topics range from how to make sure all babies have a safe sleep, to preventing poisonings and drowning, to protecting seniors from falls and fires.

On many of those NSN posters, you might notice a square box made up of a matrix of smaller squares. Those funny little things are Quick Response or QR codes. Like a linear barcode, they can be read by an imaging device, (…)

Read More May 14

Wow!  This year’s carbon monoxide poster contest received about 700 posters from middle school students. That’s a record!

Posters came from all over the United States, and even from U.S. military bases overseas!  Each and every poster had an important safety message: Stop the “invisible killer.”  The “invisible killer” is carbon monoxide (CO).

Congratulations to the 10 winners!

8th grade:
Frankie from California

Talia from Pennsylvania
Nisa from (…)

Read More May 13

Are you a community leader?  A volunteer?  A mentor to a child?  If so, you are already having a positive and lasting impact on your community.  But, there is another simple step that we would like you to take to help improve the lives of families in your community: Join the Neighborhood Safety Network!

Every two weeks, a child dies when a TV, an appliance or piece of furniture falls on him or her. Every month, a child is strangled in a window covering. Every year, 300 kids younger than five (…)

Read More May 12

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Are your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms working?

We at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urge you to check your alarms this weekend when you set your clocks one hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday at 2 a.m.

This is a great time to put fresh batteries in your alarms. Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms do an important job of giving you and your family time to escape a fire or CO poisoning incident, but only if they (…)

Read More Mar 6