Category Archives: safety

IKEA Recalled Dressers: Deadly Furniture

We hope you have heard about the 2016 recall of 29 million dressers from IKEA.  And that you have removed those dressers from your home and received a refund from IKEA. Unfortunately, we know from a death made public last month that not everyone has received news of the recall.  A 2 year old California boy was killed in May when a 3 drawer IKEA dresser tipped on him.  Our hearts go out to those who knew him and loved him. This family had ... Read more
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Trick or Treat: Tips for a Safe Halloween

It’s that time of the year again - Jack-o-Lanterns line the streets while spooky ghosts and ghouls roam from house to house collecting their treats. However, some aspects of the holiday can also pose certain hazards. According to the CPSC, there have been at least 16 cases since 1980 in which children under 15 suffered burn injuries involving Halloween costumes. Children are also more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween ... Read more
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Keep Baby Close – and Safe – During International Babywearing Week

October 2-8, 2017 is International Babywearing Week. Advocates remind us that babywearing is a good bonding tool, helps premature babies regulate their heartbeat and breathing by being closely attached to the mother, and allows busy caregivers to do other activities with comfort and convenience while still engaged with the child. However, to enjoy the benefits, follow these safety recommendations. Many baby carriers sold today must meet mandatory ... Read more
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KID Makes Connections at 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics Conference

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 66​,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.​ Their evidence-based guidelines on safe sleep, car seats, and more have been crucial to KID’s outreach and educational work. When we learned that the 2017 AAP Conference was going to be in Chicago – KID’s home town – ... Read more
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Car Seat Safety Recommendations for New Parents

Car seat safety is of top concern for many parents—and for good reason: automobile accidents are unpredictable and far too common, and even the most cautious drivers are at risk. Many deaths and injuries result when children are not restrained properly, so finding the right car seat and installing it correctly can significantly improve your child’s safety. When shopping for car seats: Avoid buying secondhand. Car seats may not be safe ... Read more
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KID Reviews the Data: Tips for Home Treadmill Use

Treadmills can be a great addition to the home for busy families trying to get in some exercise. As with most large machines, caution must be taken while using them – especially if you have young children in the house. The issue of treadmill safety became headline news in 2009 when Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter tragically died in a treadmill accident. Since then, many news outlets and safety organizations have followed and reported on the ... Read more
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Two Days at CPSC Talking about Recall Effectiveness and Agency Priorities

KID's Executive Director, Nancy Cowles, spent Tuesday and Wednesday of last week with other product safety stakeholders at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, Maryland. On Tuesday, July 25, Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle[1] hosted a Recall Effectiveness Workshop. KID, Consumers Union, and Consumer Federation of America attended, along with many industry attorneys, association staff, and other stakeholders. In the morning, ... Read more
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Pool and Water Safety Tips for Summer

The hottest days of summer have arrived, and that means it’s time to cool off in the water. Whether you’re at the lake, a water park, or just your backyard pool, safety must come first, especially for young children. Some products designed for the pool and water can enhance your experience and keep you safe, but others can increase the risk of accidents. Follow these safety tips to protect children. Make sure your backyard pool is secure. ... Read more
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