Advocacy – Templates

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Do you think that recalled products that have hurt and killed children should not be resold, or used in childcare facilities?

Do you feel that children’s product safety is important and it is equally important that it is implemented well so that no child is affected?

Do you think that manufacturers should have to make a strong effort to get recalled products out of homes and child care?

Do you think that selling dangerous crib bumper pads should stop, so our children can sleep safely?

If so, let your voice be heard! You can make a difference by letting your representatives, on both the state and federal levels, know that you want to see safer children’s products.

Use the templates below to write or email your elected official. Using a text editor cut the text between the lines and paste it into an email message.

Urge Your Federal Representatives to Co-Sponsor Sudden Infant Death Research

Send this letter to your U.S. Senator or Representative, asking them to co-sponsor the “Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act.”

More information on the Act and why you should write can be found here.

Co-Sponsor Sudden Infant Death Research Letter Sample

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Dear [Representative or Senator]

[Insert personal story here if you have one.]

Every year, there are more than more than 4,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) in the United States. If these unexplained tragedies are ever to be remedied more information is needed.

To this end, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and the late U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) have recently introduced the “Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act.” This bill will help reduce and eventually end these tragedies through new and improved research and education initiatives throughout America, while expanding much needed support services to families who suffer through stillbirth or SUID.

Specifically it will:

  • Expand current data collection activities to additional states to identify the causes of stillbirth and ways to prevent it in the future.
  • Create a national public awareness and education campaign to educate parents and caregivers about known risk factors for sudden unexpected death in infancy and childhood.
  • Expand support services, such as grief counseling, for families who have experienced stillbirth or SUID.
  • Enhance a national case reporting system to better track SUID deaths and identify risk factors to prevent them in the future.

The late Senator Lautenberg worked tirelessly to insure that one day no parent would have to live with the grief and uncertainty of a stillbirth or SUID. The result of his dedication is this last bill.

I urge you to sign on as a co-sponsor to the “Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act.” To do so please contact:

  • Michael Barnard in Senator Menendez’s office at Michael_barnard@menendez.senate.gov or (202) 224-4744
  • Tiffany Guarascio in Congressman Pallone’s office at Tiffany.Guarascio@mail.house.gov or (202) 225- 4671
  • Jamie Tricarico in Congressman King’s office at Jamie.Tricarico@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-7896

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Click here to access the United States House of Representatives’ web site and follow the online instructions.

Federal Letter

Send this letter to your U.S. Senator or Representative, asking them to help assure a robust Consumer Product Safety Commission and effective recalls.  Congress must be a strong voice for safety.

Federal Letter Sample

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Dear [Representative or Senator],

It has been five years since the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was adopted by a vast bi-partisan majority in Congress and paved the way for safer children’s products. With a strengthened Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) implementing the act, there have been real gains in safer toys, cribs and other children’s products.

[add any personal stories about product safety]

I am writing to ask you to take two steps. One is to support efforts to fully fund the CPSC and give them the tools they need to keep our children safe. Each year at budget time, efforts are made to weaken this agency through reduced funding, or by adding bureaucratic hurdles that stymie the work of the agency. I hope I can count on you to stand strong for safety.

Secondly, even with new safeguards, children’s products are still recalled at a rate of more than two a week. Unsafe and recalled products pose a huge threat to a child’s life. And even when a recall is announced, most recalled products stay in our homes and child care facilities.

I feel we all share the responsibility of raising our children in a safe environment. Kids In Danger is a nonprofit organization working to improve children’s product safety. They are calling on Congress to ask CPSC for an annual report on recall effectiveness. When a product is recalled, are consumers getting the message and fixing or removing the product from use? One way to find out is to make public the information CPSC has on recall effectiveness. An annual report on the results of recalls would give us that information. I hope that you can support this measure.

You can reach KID at 312.595.0649 or nancy@kidsindanger.org to find out more. Or, let me know and I’ll ask them to contact your staff. Stand up for safety and ask for full funding support for CPSC and an annual report on recall effectiveness.

Sincerely,
{Your name]

Click here to access the United States House of Representatives’ web site and follow the online instructions.

To know more about your representative and their contact details please follow the below listed links:

US senator ( http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm )

US congress representative (http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/)

 

State Letter

Send this letter to your state governor, state representative, or state senator and encourage them to adopt the Children’s Product Safety Act in your state or to take action to ban the sale of dangerous crib bumpers in your state. This is to make sure childcare facilities cannot use recalled products, that families will learn of recalls, and that babies can sleep safely.

State Letter Sample Language

Option 1 for states without the full Children’s Product Safety ActDate

Dear [State Representative or State Senator],

I am writing as a constituent to encourage you to adopt Children’s Product Safety Act in [your state]. This is important for child safety as this would prevent childcare facilities from using recalled products. Also, the act makes sure that consumers learn of recalls by requiring retail stores to post recalls and notify consumers who purchased the recalled products via email or mail.

Unsafe and recalled products pose a huge threat to a child’s life. As a parent [responsible citizen], I want to know the products in our child care facilities are safe and that if I have a recalled product, all efforts will be made to alert me to the hazard.

[Share a personal story, if any]. There are many such stories and you can get more details on http://www.kidsindanger.org/.

I feel we all share the responsibility of raising our children in a safe environment and this act will be helpful in ensuring a safe environment for our children. I believe this will make many parents more confident in the safety of the products their child uses at home and in child care.

Therefore, I ask you to support and adopt this important act, which will make such a difference in the lives of the constituents you serve.

I would appreciate it if you would let me know of the action that you take on this matter.

Sincerely,
Your name

Option 2 for all states which still allow the sale of crib bumper pads. Only Chicago and Maryland have such a ban.Date

Dear [State Representative or State Senator],

My name is __________________ and I am a constituent. I am urging you to support a statewide ban on the sale of crib bumper pads. Bumper pads pose multiple hazards and have been deemed “risky and unnecessary” by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dozens of babies have suffocated on crib bumper pads and selling these soft padded products confuses the “Bare is Best” message that safe sleep advocates promote. There should be nothing in the crib with the baby.

Chicago implemented a ban in 2012 and Maryland in 2013. Let’s add [your state] to that list and keep our babies safe. With the ban on crib bumpers, a strong safe sleep message can be delivered and reduce infant deaths in our state.

Call or email Kids In Danger for more information at 312.595.0649 or email@kidsindanger.org. Thank you for your time and consideration. Therefore, I ask you to support and adopt this important act, which will make such a difference in the lives of the constituents you serve.

I would appreciate it if you would let me know of the action that you take on this matter.

Sincerely,
Your name

To find out about your state governor’s mailing or email address please click here http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors.shtml
Alternatively, you could reach out to your state senator or state representative by visiting your state’s homepage. To go to your state’s homepage click here. Look up for members under Senate or House/assembly, to find out about your representative.

 

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Check with Kids In Danger to find out how your community can help.

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