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Family Voices Friday: Preston’s Story

Today’s #FamilyVoicesFriday is dedicated to Preston, who would have turned 8 years old tomorrow. At just seven weeks old, Preston died in his crib when he rolled out of a sleep positioner and against the bumper pads in his crib. Preston was the second addition to a loving family in Alaska. His mom recalls the events of his death to KID: they had taken the usual steps when putting Preston to bed. They turned on the baby monitor, swaddled Preston, ... Read more
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Secure Your TV to Prevent Tip-Overs

As many families gather for this weekend's big game, take time to check your TV is secured to avoid a tip-over. Securing the TV is an often-overlooked safety check for parents and caregivers of young children. Increasingly, TV tip-overs have been reported to lead to serious head injuries, broken bones, and even death. In fact, one child dies in the U.S. due to TV tip-overs every three weeks. Any type of TV can pose a tip-over risk. Flat screen TVs ... Read more
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Child Safety Victory: Window Coverings Going Cordless

A recent decision by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association has required for the first time that all new blinds will be cordless – the only way to prevent strangulations. Here’s everything you need to know about the decision, why it’s important, and the work that remains to be done. 1. Child strangulation by window blind cords is more common than you might think Window pull strings and cords have been labeled an “insidious hazard” ... Read more
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KID 2017 in Review: Reaching and Exceeding Goals

At the beginning of 2017 KID discussed a few goals that we had for the new year. These included expanding safe sleep environments, advocating for stronger furniture stability standards, and improving accessibility of KID. Read below to understand ways we worked to achieve those goals and more in 2017. February – KID participated in the annual ICPHSO Symposium, giving vital consumer input to product safety stakeholders. It was the end of KID ... Read more
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Remembering Tyler with Tyler’s Teddies

When Tyler was just 10 months old he was fatally entrapped in the side of a drop-side crib.  For years Tyler’s parents would find the very crib that strangled Tyler being advertised in stores as #1 for safety. In the hopes of saving the lives of other children and improving product safety, Tyler’s family has shared his story with KID. “Tyler still has work to do on earth”, says Tyler's mom, Michele. Today, Tyler’s story has inspired ... Read more
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CPSC Announces 7 New Hoverboard Recalls

On Tuesday, November 14, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced seven new recalls of self-balancing scooters, commonly called hoverboards. In addition, the agency again warned against LayZ Board products that have been linked to at least two fires, one of them fatal. This is the second round of recalls of hoverboards. In July 2016, CPSC recalled 10 hoverboards for fire and explosion/overheating risks. In May 2017, the CPSC ... Read more
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#FamilyVoicesFriday — Joseph and Juliann’s Story

Joseph and Juliann’s mother, Karen, took the twins out one afternoon for a car seat safety check at the local police department. While they were having their seats checked, Karen put the twins in their Cosco Rock-N-Roll side-by-side stroller. After grabbing her bag out of the car, Karen turned back around to find that the children’s seats had fallen face-first onto the concrete. Both children suffered injuries, including a concussion, which necessitated ... Read more
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Emerging Hazards: Fidget Spinner Safety Tips

New fidget spinner business guidelines and safety tips were recently released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For parents and caregivers, it is important to know that the CPSC categorizes most fidget spinners as “general use” products, not toys. Those marketed primarily to children under 12 are classified as toys, but for older children so no warning needed for small parts.  Fidget spinners are therefore unlikely to have ... Read more
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