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, (…)

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“It has been my privilege to work with an extremely dedicated CPSC staff.”

Considered a fierce advocate for the consumer and CPSC staff, Commissioner Thomas Hill Moore was the longest serving Commissioner in agency history. Moore served on the Commission from 1995 until 2011. During his tenure, he also served as Acting Chairman on two occasions. His dedication, especially to the safety of children, was recognized by both sides of the aisle, as he was appointed by a Democratic President and (…)

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“I will devote my full energies to ensuring that the Commission enforces the product safety laws…”

Mrs. Jacqueline Jones-Smith was confirmed by the Senate in 1989 to serve as the sixth Chairman in the Commission’s history. During her tenure, she led an effort to ban infant cushions involved in the deaths of several children. Jones-Smith directed agency staff to work closely with industry on voluntary standards for chain saws and hair dryers and nearly 60 million products that were defective (…)

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The breadth of Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong’s accomplishments exemplified her ability to break down racial and gender barriers. In 1970, she became the first African American policewoman, and one of only seven policewomen in the Oakland, California police department. Three years later, she advocated for and was instrumental in the creation of equal hiring practices for women in the City of Oakland Police Department.

From 1983 to 1986, Armstrong held a number of positions at CPSC, including (…)

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Edith Barksdale Sloan: It Is Her Business to Protect Consumers 

Mrs. Edith Barksdale Sloan was described as very sweet, articulate and frank when it came to the work that needed to be done on behalf of consumers. “We’re here in the business to protect consumers from unreasonable risk of injury,” Sloan said in her statements upon election as Vice-Chairman in 1978.

Before her appointment by President Jimmy Carter to the Commission, Sloan led the D.C. Office of Consumer Protection in (…)

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