Category Archives: child safety

#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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Child product safety in this new administration

With any change in administration comes questions about the impact on consumer protections.  When the political party in charge changes, the questions are bigger and with a new administration without a previous record in government -- it’s even harder to find the answers. Here are the questions KID has at the start of the new Trump Administration: Will CPSC get the funding it needs to carry out its mission to keep products in the US market ... Read more
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Beware Holiday Ingestion Hazards

This holiday season, friends and family members will be searching for the perfect gift. It can be difficult to navigate the crowded stores and make decisions about which gifts will be the absolute best fit. At KID, our mission is to inform everyone about the risks and dangers of various products. This holiday season we want to reemphasize two products that have proven to be very dangerous for young children. Button Batteries Button batteries ... Read more
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KID in Wisconsin for MIPA 2016

On December 1st and 2nd, KID’s Executive Director, Nancy Cowles, and I travelled to Pewaukee, Wisconsin for the annual Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance (MIPA) Summit. The MIPA Summit brings together injury prevention professionals from across the Midwest to connect with one another and share ideas, challenges, and successes. Over the course of those two days, we had the option to attend panel presentations on topics such as safe sleep, data ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday: Remembering Ellie

In December of 2002, 13 month-old Ellie lost her life when the changing table attachment on her play yard fell on her. This post is dedicated to Ellie, who would have been 15 years old today. KID wants to honor her family’s strength and to highlight that unsafe, inadequately tested products continue to pose deadly consequences to our children. Ellie’s play yard had no locking mechanism on its changing table attachment. When the changing table ... Read more
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Some States Fail to Keep Recalled Products out of Childcare Facilities

Busy parents rely on childcare facilities to provide care for their children in a safe, nurturing, and educational environment. And yet, products that are deemed unsafe by the CPSC and recalled by manufacturers may still be found in some child care homes or centers! KID looked into each state’s child care regulations to see if they prohibit dangerous recalled products from childcare facilities. Shockingly, we found that only 25 of the 50 states ... Read more
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Trade-In Your Used Car Seats for Savings at Toys“R”Us

It’s that time of year again – the Toys“R”Us Great Trade In: Car Seat Event is upon us. This event is always a favorite, and for good reason! As we all know, car seats are a must-have safety item for all young children. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know if the car seat you’re buying is the right one for your child’s age and size, and they can be expensive. This trade-in event allows you ensure your child is riding in the ... Read more
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Back To School Safety

It’s that time of the year again, when we send our children off to school for another year of learning, socializing, and a great deal of fun. In tandem with the CPSC’s “Safety is the New Cool” message, KID is here to highlight a few aspects to child safety. Backpacks The staple of back-to-school supplies can also cause back pain or injuries if worn incorrectly for prolonged periods of time. Backpacks should be worn so they sit about ... Read more
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