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Quick Tips for Window Safety Week

This year, April 2-8 is National Window Safety Week. We’ve covered a few aspects on window safety on the KID blog in the past, but this week serves as a yearly reminder to raise awareness about window safety and injury prevention. According to a Safe Kids Worldwide Report from 2015, about 8 children die every year in window falls, and another 3,300 visit hospital emergency rooms due to injuries from window falls. However, falls aren’t the only ... Read more
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New KID report shows injuries, incidents up in 2016 recalls

  On Monday, along with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, US PIRG and Illinois Action for Children, KID released new data on product recalls and children’s safety. This year marked a reversal of decreasing recall and injury numbers that the U.S. has seen in past years. In 2016, the number of recalls reported, as well as incidents and injuries associated with recalls, increased. The annual recall report, A KID Report Card: Children’s ... Read more
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This Week at KID

As usual, KID staff, interns, and volunteers have been hard at work. Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to over the last week: All week: KID interns and work study students have been returning to the office after their spring break vacations. Check out KID’s blog to meet the 2016-2017 work study students from the University of Chicago. As KID prepares for this year’s Best Friend Award Night, the interns have been hard at work reaching ... Read more
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Lead Paint, Button Batteries, and More: 5 Recent Recalls for Poisoning Hazards

This year, National Poison Prevention Week falls on the week of March 19-25. In order to draw attention to common poisoning hazards, we’ve put together a list of a few recent recalls that highlight the dangers of lead, button batteries, and more. To keep up with recalls in real time, follow KID on social media (Facebook, Twitter) and sign up for our monthly alerts. These 5 products, and others, have recently been recalled for poisoning hazards: ... Read more
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New Study Shows Increasing Injuries from Nursery Products

As consumers, parents and caregivers expect nursery products such as cribs, strollers, and high chairs to be safe. Unfortunately, we at KID have seen time and time again how many nursery products pose serious hazards to children.  A new study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has looked at 21 years of data to investigate trends in nursery product-related injuries. They found that in the U.S., a child ... Read more
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Happy Anniversary to SaferProducts.gov!

At KID, we see firsthand how SaferProducts.gov meets a major need in the product safety. Today, we’re celebrating that the site, launched by the CPSC on March 11, 2011, has now been active for 6 years! SaferProducts.gov is the government’s product safety database. In December of 2016, KID joined the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Public Citizen, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group in releasing an analysis of SaferProducts.gov ... Read more
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New Research: Which Factors Influence Parents’ Decisions About Safe Sleep?

A recent study from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing looked into how parents around the world make decisions about where their infants sleep each night. The researchers wondered: what factors go into parents’ decisions about their infants’ sleep environments? They found that safety was a primary concern for parents, but other factors, such as comfort for baby and parents, ease of access to baby, and ease of breastfeeding, also ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Remembering Kenny

When Kenny’s older brother, Ben, received two Magnetix sets for his 10th birthday, their mother was careful to keep the toy away from 21-month-old Kenny. What she could not have known was that as the older children played with the toy, tiny magnets were breaking off of the set and falling into the carpet. Shortly after Ben’s birthday, Kenny became sick with flu-like symptoms. As his symptoms worsened, his family rushed him to the emergency room. ... Read more
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