Kids in Danger Blog

The one place you should look for product reviews is probably the one place you aren’t

Consumer reviews are everywhere these days. Before you see a movie, you might check out Rotten Tomatoes to see what other movie-goers thought of the film. Before venturing to a new restaurant, you might hop on Yelp or Open Table to read what other diners had to say. When it comes to children’s product reviews, many parents and caregivers visit or similar online sites to see what other purchasers said. It makes sense to visit such a comprehensive ... Read more
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Top 5 tips for home window safety

April 3rd- 9th is Window Safety Week. Windows rank as one of the Top 5 Hidden Hazards in the home according to the CPSC. Windows are especially dangerous because they can pose a number of threats to children. In 2015, more than 3,300 children were seriously injured from falling out of a window. In addition, window covering cords can cause strangulation. According to the CPSC, about one child per month dies from window covering cord strangulation.  ... Read more
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Food recalls: what products have been recalled lately and how you can keep up

It’s been a slow month for children’s product recalls, but there have been a few major food recalls in March that we want to share with parents and caregivers so they can keep the children in their care safe. Like product recalls, food recalls can be very hard to keep up because there are so many and once an unsafe product has hit store shelves, it’s very hard to get them back. Please note that we are only sharing recent baby food or formula ... Read more
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Lots of treats to be had this Easter, just not Kinder eggs

Since being with KID since 2012 I have been asked about certain products numerous times by parents and caregivers. One of these products is the Kinder Surprise egg, an Italian chocolate made by the Ferrero Company in the shape of an egg with a small toy inside. These haven’t been legal to buy or sell in the US since 1938 due to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which banned all candies embedded with “non-nutritive objects,” such as toys. The Kinder ... Read more
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Recalls drop, progress made in social media usage to increase recall awareness, but most recalled products remain in use

KID has been tracking children’s product recalls from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for over a decade.  It is a good measure both of what is entering the market that might be hazardous and the strength of our children’s product safety system – can we keep dangerous products off store shelves and out of our homes?  This year, we can see that stronger standards and oversight by regulatory agencies have had a measurable effect ... Read more
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3 fast facts for National Poison Prevention week

National Poison Prevention Week is a 7 day period designed to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.  This is especially important because more than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. Follow KID on Facebook and Twitter this ... Read more
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Happy Anniversary!

In 2011, the CPSC launched is a user-friendly, government-run, consumer incident database that provides safety reports on children’s products, allowing you to report an unsafe product, and contains information that can help you make a decision that will help protect your child from dangerous products. Today is the site's 6 year anniversary. KID urges parents, grandparents, and caregivers to use ... Read more
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Director’s Blog by Nancy Cowles: a week at ICPHSO

Leap Day fell at the start of a busy week in DC. On behalf of KID, I am a member of the International Consumer Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO[1]), an organization that brings together all the stakeholders in product safety to share information, best practices and new research on how to keep consumers safe. As Symposium Chair, I worked with ICPHSO staff, volunteers and board members to pull together our annual symposium held last week in ... Read more
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