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 (…)Read More Nov 17
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Child drownings remain a major public health issue; in fact, it is the leading cause of unintentional death to children ages 1-4. And, at least 203 children younger than 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools and spas in the United States since Memorial Day, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. This increased compared to the same time period last summer, when at least 174 children younger than 15 fatally drowned.
Small children are at the highest (…)Read More Sep 21
From 1983 through November 2009, there were 174 reported deaths involving bath seats. In many instances, babies were left alone while bathing. A newly approved federal standard for infant bath seats ensures that new bath seats made after the standard takes effect will be safer. This standard is one step towards saving babies’ lives.
Information gathered by CPSC staff indicates that no baby bath seat currently on the market complies with the new mandatory standard .
This standard, though, (…)Read More Jun 2