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January 2,  2002

CPSC Issues "What’s In and What’s Out" List for a Safe New Year

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says consumers who hope to eliminate hazards in their homes should check what’s in and what’s out for a safe New Year.

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FALLING ASLEEP AMID SCENTED CANDLES EXTINGUISHING ALL CANDLES AT BEDTIME AND WHEN LEAVING A ROOM Candle fire deaths increased 750% from 1980-1998.
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OLD CHESTS THAT LOCK AUTOMATICALLY Lane cedar chests manufactured before 1987 can lock automatically, suffocating children. LANE CEDAR CHESTS WITH NEW LOCKS Obtain free new locks from Lane at 888-856-8758; lanefurniture.com
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NOT WEARING HELMETS GETTING THE HELMET HABIT Helmets can prevent serious head injuries while cycling, skateboarding, skating, scooter riding, and in snow sports.
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OLD FREEZERS WITH AUTOMATIC LATCHES Chest Freezers made between 1945-1970 can trap and suffocate children DISABLING LATCHES ON OLD CHEST FREEZERS If you don't know how, contact: aham.org/freezer_safety.htm or 800-267-3138
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WRONG TOY, WRONG AGE Small parts can choke kids under 3 years old. RIGHT TOY/RIGHT AGE
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PLACING BABY ON ITS STOMACH TO SLEEP Increases the risk of SIDS & suffocation. PLACING BABY ON ITS BACK TO SLEEP
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BABIES SLEEPING IN ADULT BEDS Many babies die annually while sleeping in adult or makeshift beds. BABIES SLEEPING IN CRIBS
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SMOKE ALARMS WITH DEAD BATTERIES WORKING SMOKE ALARMS
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HOLIDAY LIGHTS WITH NO LAB LABEL Holiday lights without a testing lab label such as UL or ETL may be fire hazards. CHECKING THE LABEL ON HOLIDAY LIGHTS
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OLD PLAYPENS Some older playpens have top rails that must be rotated when set up. These rails can collapse, entrapping babies. NEW PLAYPENS Top rails lock into place automatically.
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OLD CRIBS Older cribs may be unsafe, due to missing or loose hardware, too much space between slats or cutouts on headboards. NEW CRIBS Meet safety standards to protect baby.
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CRIBS WITH SOFT BEDDING Soft quilts, comforters, and pillows can suffocate babies. CRIBS WITHOUT SOFT BEDDING
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BABIES LEFT IN OR NEAR WATER FOR EVEN A MOMENT BABIES ALWAYS WITHIN REACH IN OR NEAR WATER
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DRAWSTRINGS Drawstrings on the hood & neck of kids' jackets & sweatshirts can strangle. SNAPS OR VELCRO On the hood & neck of kids' jackets & sweatshirts.
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WINDOW BLIND CORDS WITH LOOPS Children can strangle in cord loops. CUTTING ANY LOOPS ON WINDOW BLIND CORDS
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BACKYARD PLAYSETS ON HARD-PACKED EARTH, CEMENT OR ASPHALT Falls can cause serious head injuries BACKYARD PLAYSETS ON SOFT SURFACES Sand, wood chips, mulch, shredded rubber
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WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW CAN HURT YOU  

Source: CPSC.

 
Selected Recent Recalls


Health Professional:

Did you know?
During 2000 there were over
1050 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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