Kids in Danger Blog


KID in China

The week of June 20, KID Executive Director, Nancy Cowles, took KID’s safety message to Beijing China.  Beijing was the site of the Fifth China – United States – European Union Consumer Product Safety Tri-Lateral Summit.  The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) invited KID as a non-governmental presenter.  The summit focused on the safety of e-commerce and it was to this that KID directed our remarks. Consumers, retailers, manufacturers ... Read more
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KID joins other safety advocates and applauds IKEA recall while emphasizing the need for consumer awareness

Today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and IKEA announced the recall of 29 million IKEA Malm dressers responsible for the deaths of three toddlers in tip-over incidents. KID joined The American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Public Citizen, The National Center for Health Research, and Shane's Foundation in issuing the following joint statement: “This recall is critically important to ... Read more
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Product Safety Priorities for CPSC

What should be the priorities when it comes to product safety? The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) poised this question to the public as the topic of a hearing on June 15. As they do each year, CPSC invited the public to provide written and oral testimony on the priorities for the agency for FY 17 (starting in October) and FY18 – the following year. Twenty individuals and organizations appeared at the hearing to testify and ten ... Read more
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#Anchorit this Father’s Day weekend

Father’s Day is almost here! KID knows that fathers pride themselves on being able to keep their families safe. However, furniture tip-overs are on the rise and they are a danger that can be completely avoided. Every 24 minutes a child is injured from tipped furniture or TVs. Furniture tip-overs have been in the news lately because of the recent child deaths from IKEA dressers—3 toddlers have died since February 2014 from this dresser alone. Furniture ... Read more
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KID interns reflect on their year at KID

KID appreciates the dedication and hard work of our interns, who play essential roles in the important work we do. After a yearlong internship, Samantha and Amanda reflect on their time at KID, looking back on valuable learning experiences and taking pride in the difference they have made in keeping children safe: Samantha: I started working at KID in October of 2015. I can’t believe the year is already over! As a Master of Social Work student, ... Read more
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Summer Safety Series: Bounce Houses

The weather is warming up, school is ending, and summer is on its way! As families prepare for months of summer fun, KID wants to give you a few tips for a fun and safe summer. One of the largest attractions of the summer are bounce houses. The inflatable attractions are present at almost every block party, festival, and fair. It’s hard for children (and adults) to resist jumping in bounce houses. However, a recent bounce house death has raised ... Read more
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DIRECTOR’S BLOG BY NANCY COWLES: A DAY AT ICPHSO- ATLANTA

The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) just concluded its one-day Southeast Regional Product Safety Training Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by The Home Depot.  Over 125 attendees participated in the training workshop. As president of ICPHSO, I welcomed everyone and then we got down to business – learning together to improve product safety. Panels included compliance programs, hazard analysis, ... Read more
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recalls- there’s an app for that!

Some recalls make national news (think car seat and food recalls) but many other recalls fly under the radar; even though they are just as important. With so many products being recalled all the time (1-2 children’s products are recalled each week) how can parents and caregivers keep up? New apps have emerged to help make checking your products for recalls much easier. For the past few months, we have been researching and testing the recall ... Read more
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