Kids in Danger Blog


Buy and Sell Safely on National Thrift Shop Day

Today KID celebrates National Thrift Shop Day. Thrift shops are important community resources in that they offer discounted items, more sustainable shopping options, and encourage donation over disposal. However, not all used items are safe to use, especially for children. Before you run out to your local thrift shop today, we want to make sure you have the information you need to buy and sell used items safely. Certain categories of products ... Read more
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Emerging Hazards: Fidget Spinner Safety Tips

New fidget spinner business guidelines and safety tips were recently released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For parents and caregivers, it is important to know that the CPSC categorizes most fidget spinners as “general use” products, not toys. Even those marketed primarily to children under 12 are classified as “children’s products,” not toys. This distinction means that fidget spinners do not have to meet the federal ... Read more
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Summer 2017: KID Interns Share Their Experiences

One of the most rewarding parts of the day-to-day at KID is sharing our space with a wonderful group of interns and volunteers. At a small organization such as KID, we rely on these dedicated volunteers and interns to help fulfill our mission. Continue reading below to hear from a few of our interns on what they’ve been working on this summer. Rachel Constanzo In the past year that I’ve been interning with KID, I have been involved with ... Read more
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KID Reviews the Data: Tips for Home Treadmill Use

Treadmills can be a great addition to the home for busy families trying to get in some exercise. As with most large machines, caution must be taken while using them – especially if you have young children in the house. The issue of treadmill safety became headline news in 2009 when Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter tragically died in a treadmill accident. Since then, many news outlets and safety organizations have followed and reported on the ... Read more
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Two Days at CPSC Talking about Recall Effectiveness and Agency Priorities

KID's Executive Director, Nancy Cowles, spent Tuesday and Wednesday of last week with other product safety stakeholders at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, Maryland. On Tuesday, July 25, Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle[1] hosted a Recall Effectiveness Workshop. KID, Consumers Union, and Consumer Federation of America attended, along with many industry attorneys, association staff, and other stakeholders. In the morning, ... Read more
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Pool and Water Safety Tips for Summer

The hottest days of summer have arrived, and that means it’s time to cool off in the water. Whether you’re at the lake, a water park, or just your backyard pool, safety must come first, especially for young children. Some products designed for the pool and water can enhance your experience and keep you safe, but others can increase the risk of accidents. Follow these safety tips to protect children. Make sure your backyard pool is secure. ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Jamie’s Story

This week, we are honoring the memory of Jamie, who was killed in July 1998 when he became trapped between his crib mattress and the mattress support. The mattress, which was purchased with his crib from Cosco, was not a standard size, and the mattress support was built using metal bars instead of a spring frame. Jamie’s weight compressed the mattress, pushing it between the bars on the crib’s platform. He became entrapped and strangled. Jamie’s ... Read more
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KID Safe Sleep Checklist Helps Caregivers Evaluate Infant Sleep Products

Safe sleep messaging can be overwhelming for new parents, especially considering the number and variety of products available on store shelves. However, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) remains the leading cause of preventable death among infants 0-1. In fact, incidence of accidental suffocation (included in SUID statistics), has actually increased slightly over the last few years. There are many factors that contribute to the confusion ... Read more
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