Seesaws, swings and slides! Now that springtime is here, playground season is in full swing. CPSC believes playgrounds should be safe! Far too often however, fun and games at the community playground or on the backyard play set can lead to injuries—and even death.

A new playground equipment report (pdf) was just issued by CPSC and it found that from 2009 to 2014, 19 of the 34 fatal playground incidents that we investigated were the result of hanging or asphyxiation. During that same time (…)

Read More Apr 27

We’re launching a new effort at CPSC to teach kids in grades 3-7 (ages 8-12) how to identify hazardous products and the way recalls work. The educational outreach offers free materials and lesson plans to teachers and youth community leaders. Once kids complete the program activities, they earn a “Consumer Protection Safety All-Star” certificate.

Anyone may access and download the materials for free at www.ymiclassroom.com/cpsc.

Kids will learn:

why and how products are determined (…)

Read More Apr 25

Living off-campus while away at school is an exciting time in a college student’s life. With spring in the air, many students and parents are beginning their search for off- campus housing in time for the fall semester.  Parents and students are encouraged to put fire safety first.

Did you know that according to a study by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), 94% of fatal campus fires from 2000-2015 took place in off-campus housing? That same study showed 58% of fatal campus fires had no (…)

Read More Apr 24

As the weather warms and a new season begins, it is the perfect time to take simple, proactive steps to make your home safer for your family.

Every 30 minutes, a child in the U.S. is hurt, and every two weeks a child dies as a result of a furniture and/or TV tip-over incident. To better understand what can lead to TV tip-overs, CPSC studied nearly 300 reports of nonfatal incidents.

Here’s what we learned and here’s how you can use the information this spring to make major home safety changes (…)

Read More Mar 23

March 19-25, 2017

As any parent knows, toddlers get into everything!

Unfortunately, their desire to explore also extends to products that can be harmful. In 2015, more than 84,000 children were seen in the ER due to unintended pediatric poisoning. More than 80% of these incidents occurred in the home and most often with these five products: aspirin, blood pressure medications, laundry packets, antidepressants and ibuprofen.

When young children reach for the red candy aspirin in mom’s (…)

Read More Mar 17