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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Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 1.

That means it’s time to turn clocks back one hour AND put fresh batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
This is important. Your alarms need new batteries every year to work properly.

Did you know that three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or homes without working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association?

CPSC estimates that between 2010 and 2012 (…)

Read More Oct 28

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CPSC’s latest figures show that an estimated 4,400 consumers suffered Halloween activity-related injuries during October and November 2014. What were the top causes? Pumpkin-carving catastrophes and decorating disasters were the most frequently reported incident scenarios.

Fortunately, there is no reason to fear what is preventable.

CPSC has these safety precautions to prevent Halloween-related incidents. We hope all of the little trick-or-treaters have a safe and fun holiday. (…)

Read More Oct 26

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Ever been in this situation?

You’re at home during a storm and the power goes out. There are no lights and no television. Your cell phone is running out of power and the stove doesn’t work. The groceries you just bought are in the refrigerator, and it’s only a matter of time before they spoil. Depending on the time of year, there is no air conditioning or heat. You are desperate for relief. Electricity, please!

So you power up the portable gas generator.

CPSC is concerned (…)

Read More Oct 13

Every day you can read about products that have been recalled because of the harm they caused or had the potential to harm consumers. What you may not know is that those recalled products make up a small percentage of products with safety issues; and that two federal agencies have been working tirelessly to catch millions of unsafe products at the border before they pose a threat to you or those you love.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) has been screening products at ports since (…)

Read More Oct 6