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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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#TBT SAVANNAH AND THE NEED FOR SAFER BABY MONITORS

UPDATE: This blog was written some time ago, but the dangers are still relevant today. KID continues to work on improving children’s product safety in honor of children, like Savannah, who died when she was strangled by a baby monitor cord 3 years ago this month. Savannah is one of 6 children that died from a similar type of baby monitor since 2006.Keep children safe from strangulation hazards by: purchasing cordless monitors, using cordless window ... Read more
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KID releases new report on SaferProducts.gov

August 14 marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) back in 2008. This landmark safety legislation paved the way for improvement in safety standards and lead to the creation of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s public database, SaferProducts.gov, in March of 2011. This website allows consumers to share their personal experiences with various products, reporting any incidents or ... Read more
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A new ASTM standard and Savannah’s Playground

A new ASTM International safety standard (F2951) requires that electrical cords on baby monitors be labeled with a strangulation hazard warning. Seven infants have strangled and lost their lives as a result of baby monitor cords. The warning labels inform parents and caregivers to keep the cord more than three feet away from the crib and out of a baby’s reach.  Labeling dangerous products is a first step, but it is not enough to ensure complete ... Read more
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Savannah and the need for safer baby monitors

Today marks Savannah's birthday. She died before her first birthday when she was able to wrap the cord from a video infant monitor around her neck. Her parents thought the cord was safely out of reach -- but that was the day Savannah learned to pull herself to a stand -- putting the monitor within her reach. Her parents are dedicated to protecting other children by warning of the hazard AND working with industry and others to develop the first ... Read more
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Father brings his story to standard setting group on infant monitors.

ASTM International meetings on juvenile products are well attended by manufacturers and testing laboratories.  The meetings also contain a small smattering of retailers and consumer groups, such as KID.  But it is rare that a parent of an injured or killed child attends these meetings.  In the very early days of Kids In Danger, Linda Ginzel joined ASTM and attended meetings.  She still is a voting member.  Joyce Davis of Keeping Babies Safe and ... Read more
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Summer Infant recalls video baby monitor for burns AND strangulation hazard

We posted a few weeks ago a recall that mysteriously showed up on the manufacturer's site (Summer Infant) and on Toys"R"Us, but not on CPSC's list of recalls. Many parents get their news of recalls from CPSC -- without that listing, parents using the product might be unaware of the dangers. So today CPSC did list the recall for overheating batteries in Summer Infant Slim & Secure Baby Video Monitors. Summer Infant will provide new battery units ... Read more
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Summer Infant recalls battery from color video baby monitor

Not sure why this is not posted yet on CPSC, but both Babies"R"Us and Summer Infant have it posted on their websites:Summer Infant recalls the batteries from their Slim and Secure Handheld Color Video Monitor. The battery can overheat and rupture -- the company has five reports of incidents involving some property damage, but no injuries. The batteries are in video monitors sold from June 09 through May 10 and there is more information at Summer Infant's ... Read more
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