Americans have a longstanding tradition of enjoying hot dogs, hamburgers and apple pie at family gatherings to celebrate Independence Day. Some festivities also include fireworks. Unfortunately, what may seem like harmless fun with fireworks, can quickly turn into a tragedy.

In 2014, this became a reality for thousands of families. According to our most recent fireworks report, 11 consumers were killed (up from eight in the previous year) and more than 10,000 (down from more than 11,000) were (…)

Read More Jun 26

At the beginning of this month, President Barack Obama recognized May as National Electrical Safety Month. As CPSC continually strives to ensure the safety of consumers, we appreciate President Obama issuing a Presidential Message that encourages all Americans to stay safe from electrical hazards in the home. As the President stated,

“Every day, electricity helps light up our world. While we benefit tremendously from this vital energy source, there are many potential risks that accompany its use, (…)

Read More May 20

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