Category Archives: safety

IKEA Recall: One Year Later

Today marks one year since IKEA recalled 29 million dressers due to tip-over hazards – one of the largest furniture recalls in U.S. history. Despite the publicity that this recall received, the vast majority of those recalled dressers remain unaccounted for and continue to pose a risk to families and communities. It is not too late to get your refund from IKEA. To mark this anniversary we urge consumers with MALM or other dressers to contact IKEA ... Read more
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Simple Safety Solutions for National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month – a time to raise awareness about the leading causes of injuries and deaths in our homes and communities. The National Safety Council has a number of resources about topics such as accidental poisoning and motor vehicle crashes. KID wants to take this opportunity to highlight steps that caregivers can take to protect children and infants from dangerous products. Anchor furniture to the wall. Furniture, such as ... Read more
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What is the ‘life of a product’?

At KID, we receive many questions about product safety and how to best keep children safe. One question that we frequently get is: What is considered the “life of a product?” How many years can a product really last and still be safe? Manufacturers use the phrase “life of a product” to describe the average amount of time products can be used before becoming too old or worn out to be safe or functional. However, it can be difficult for consumers ... 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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Trade In Your Used Children’s Products for Savings at Babies“R”Us

It’s that time of year again – the Babies“R”Us Great Trade-In Event is upon us! This is always a popular event – and for good reason. Children outgrow things quickly, and products that see a lot of frequent use can become heavily worn and unsafe, or even recalled. It’s important to take stock regularly and evaluate whether the items in your home are in good, usable condition. KID recommends replacing outgrown, damaged, or unsafe items ... Read more
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KID Celebrates Safe Toys and Gifts Month

The Holidays are officially upon us! As you celebrate this special time with your loved ones, make sure safety stays a priority. December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month, and in order to celebrate, we have pulled together some helpful tips on how to give safely this holiday season: When in doubt, use the toilet paper roll test: If a toy, or any small, breakable parts, can fit inside a toilet paper cardboard tube, it is too small for children under ... 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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Director’s Blog by Nancy Cowles: A Week at ICPHSO

As KID’s executive director, I represent KID in the International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization (ICPHSO) – a multi-stakeholder organization working to share information and move product safety forward.  This year (until February) I am serving as President.  In that role, I just returned from a week in Brussels, Belgium, where ICPHSO held its 2016 International Symposium, coupled with the International Product Safety Week ... Read more
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