NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
CPSC Releases the "Top Five Hidden Home Hazards"
1 Death, 86 Injuries;
8 million magnetic toys recalled.
|Today's rare-earth magnets can be very
small and powerful making them popular in toys, building sets, and
jewelry. As the number of products with magnets has increased, so has
the number of serious injuries to children. In several hundred
incidents, magnets have fallen out of various toys and been swallowed
by children. Small intact pieces of building sets that contain magnets
have also been swallowed by children. If two or more magnets, or a
magnet and another metal object are swallowed separately, they can
attract to one another through intestinal walls and get trapped in
place. The injury is hard to diagnose. Parents and physicians may think
that the materials will pass through the child without consequence, but
magnets can attract in the body and twist or pinch the intestines,
causing holes, blockages, infection, and death, if not treated properly
Watch carefully for loose magnets and magnetic pieces and keep away from younger children (less than 6). If you have a recalled product with magnets, stop using it, call the company today, and ask for the remedy.
Each year there about 400 recalls.
|CPSC is very effective at getting
dangerous products off store shelves, such as recalled toys, clothing,
children's jewelry, tools, appliances, electronics and electrical
products. But once a product gets into the home, the consumer has to be
on the lookout. Consumers need to be aware of the latest safety recalls
to keep dangerous recalled products away from family members.
Get dangerous products out of the home. Join CPSC's "Drive To One Million" campaign and sign up for free e-mail notifications at www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx - an e-mail from CPSC is not spam – it could save a life.
Average of 22 deaths per year;
31 in 2006 and an estimated 3,000 injuries.
|Furniture, TVs and ranges can tip over
and crush young children. Deaths and injuries occur when children climb
onto, fall against or pull themselves up on television stands, shelves,
bookcases, dressers, desks, and chests. TVs placed on top of furniture
can tip over causing head trauma and other injuries. Items left on top
of the TV, furniture, and countertops, such as toys, remote controls
and treats might tempt kids to climb.
Verify that furniture is stable on its own. For added security, anchor to the floor or attach to a wall. Free standing ranges and stoves should be installed with anti-tip brackets.
Windows & Coverings
Average of 12 deaths annually from window cords;
Average of 9 deaths and an estimated 3,700 injuries to children annually from window falls.
|Children can strangle on window drapery
and blind cords that can form a loop. Parents should use cordless
blinds or keep cords and chains permanently out of the reach of
children. Consumers should cut looped cords and install a safety tassel
at the end of each pull cord or use a tie-down device, and install
inner cord stays to prevent strangulation. Never place a child's crib
or playpen within reach of a window blind.
The dangers of windows don't end with window
coverings and pull cords. Kids love to play around windows.
Unfortunately, kids can be injured or die when they fall out of
windows. Do not rely on window screens. Window screens are designed to
keep bugs out, not to keep kids in.
Pool & Spa Drains
15 injuries, 2 fatalities from 2002-2004.
|The suction from a pool drain can be so
powerful that it can hold an adult under water, but most incidents
involve children. The body can become sealed against the drain or hair
can be pulled in and tangled. Missing or broken drain covers are a
major reason many entrapment incidents occur. Pool and spa owners can
consider installing a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS), which
detects when a drain is blocked and automatically shuts off the pool
pump or interrupts the water circulation to prevent an entrapment.
Every time you use a pool or spa, inspect it for entrapment hazards. Check to make sure appropriate drain covers are in place and undamaged.
To learn more about these and other home hazards, and to sign up for recall information, visit our Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.
Send the link for this page to a friend! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.