I can’t believe it’s Halloween again. We here at CSB hope everyone has a great time — here are some reminders to keep everyone as safe as possible:
Halloween Safety Tips –
- Wear light colored or reflective clothing/costumes OR buy reflective tape (sold at any hardware or big box store) and place on costume. 3M makes good reflective tape.
- Make sure your kids have flashlights.
- Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground – long costumes present an increased fire hazard.
- Talk with your children about not getting too close to jack-o-lanterns with candles, or any other open flames.
- Young children should have a parent with them when trick-or-treating.
- It’s much more safe for children to travel in groups then by themselves or in pairs.
- Take masks off between houses (better yet, don’t get a costume with a mask).
- Don’t cut through yards — use driveways and walks.
- The best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating are the ones with the fewest cars. Take extra time to impress on your children the need to be on the lookout for cars – they will be excited and crossing the street often. They absolutely need to stop and look before crossing, and young children need to wait for a parent before crossing.
- Feed your kids dinner beforehand — lessens the candy intake (at least a little bit).
- If your older kids are going out alone, it’s best for them to have a cellphone or some means of communicating with you.
- Inspect your children’s candy for open packaging or anything else that might be suspicious.
- AND, although not safety related, talk to your kids about being polite, saying thank you, and not grabbing handfuls of candy when offered.
BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Halloween Mask Recall is No Joke!
October 26, 2011 – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjunction with Target Inc. is recalling 3,400 children’s frog masks, saying “The plush frog masks lack proper ventilation. When secured in place across a child’s face, it presents a suffocation hazard to the child.”
The masks were manufactured in China and imported to the U.S. by Target Inc.
The masks are child-sized, frog-themed, plush animal face masks. The mask is green with yellow and red highlights, two eye cut-outs and a green elastic band. A fastener is used to secure the mask at the back of the child’s head.
UPC code 06626491474 is printed on a label attached to the mask. The masks were sold exclusively by Target stores nationwide from August 2011 through September 2011 for approximately $1.
Parents and caregivers should take masks away from young children immediately as the masks do not provide necessary ventilation. The CPSC suggests returning the product to any Target store for a full refund of a dollar–doubtless it would cost parents more than a dollar to mail or drive it to Target. Our recommendation is to take the mask away from children or their toy area, secure it in a black trash bag and put it out with the trash where and when it cannot be accessed by children. For additional information, consumers should call Target Guest Relations at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.target.com
For a picture of this mask, please visit the CPSC website: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12017.html
In accordance with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Meijer of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is recalling approximately 3,200 units of their product, “At Home with Meijer” and “Innovations” Roman shades and roll-up blinds, due to strangulation hazards to infants and young children. The Meijer company previously recalled approximately 240,000 units of their products due to the same hazards in March 2010. Additional retail sales after March 2010 have prompted the latest recall.
Parents of infants and young children are cautioned that strangulation can occur with the Roman shades “when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.” With the roll-up blinds, “strangulation may occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.” http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12012.html
The manufacturer of the blinds is listed as Whole Space Industries LTD, of Centereach, N.Y., but the blinds were actually fabricated in Taiwan. These particular Roman shades and roll-up blinds were redistributed to stores and sold to consumers after the March 2010 recall and without a repair kit. The Roman shades are made from fabric and bamboo and the blinds are made from bamboo, as well. A label reading “At Home with Meijer” or “Innovations” can be found under the head rail of the blinds.
Consumers are cautioned to examine all window shades and blinds in their homes to make certain there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the products. It is recommended by the CPSC to use cordless blinds in homes with infants and young children.
The blinds were sold by discount retailers, dollar stores, flea markets and other retail liquidators nationwide from March 2010 through September 2011 at various prices. The products were sold originally by Meijer stores from January 2004 through December 2009 for approximately $40 prior to the 2010 recall.
Consumers are advised to stop using the At Home with Meijer and Innovations roll-up blinds and Roman shades immediately and may contact Meijer for more information on (800) 927-8699 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, or visit the company’s website atwww.meijer.com They may also contact the Window Covering Safety Council for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visitwww.windowcoverings.org. To learn more about this recall and view photos of the blinds and shades being recalled, visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12012.html.
October 18, 2011–We want to share some very important notes we’ve gathered for parents, family members and caregivers of young children about why children should wear helmets when using a riding toy or riding a bicycle. The statistics are stunning. According to Nemours’ Kids Health, each year approximately 300,000 children pay a visit to the emergency room due to bicycle-related injuries, and at least 10,000 of those visits are for injuries that require more than one day’s stay in the hospital. Some of these head injuries are so serious that children die. http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/bike_safety.html.
Properly wearing a helmet can save a child’s life in the case of a fall or crash while riding a bicycle or other riding toy. Many head injuries can be prevented simply by wearing a helmet. If your young child rides a bicycle, uses a skate board or other riding toys where a fall or a crash could occur, please put a helmet on your child’s head. Little heads need protection! Kids Health warns parents, “Head injuries may mean brain injuries.” And suffering brain injuries can be life-changing for both children and parents.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that a helmet should fit snug and be flat on top of the head. It should have a buckled chin strap and should not move up and down or wobble from side to side. If your child has a helmet that may have been in an accident already, the protection of the helmet may be compromised, so it’s best to replace it. http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/?s=Helmet+safety+for+children
One more caution, according to the CPSC, helmets belong on the head when riding a bicycle, but not when playing on a playground. Please teach your child to remove their helmet before he or she is on a playground. Bike helmets can get stuck on playground equipment, creating a strangulation hazard. The CPSC also says that wearing a properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent. That’s significant!
October 12, 2011–The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling B.O.B.® Jogging Strollers…411,700 of them, in fact, in the U.S. and 27,000 in Canada…due to a choking hazard.
The CPSC and the B.O.B. Trailers Inc. of Boise, Idaho, have received six reports of children mouthing a detached patch from the stroller; gagging and choking occurred in two of the incidents reported. Apparently, the stroller canopy’s embroidered logo’s backing patch can detach and pose a choking hazard to babies and young children. It also should be noted that in each incident, the children were in infant car seats attached to the stroller.
These single and double jogging strollers were manufactured in Taiwan and China and imported by B.O.B. Trailers, Inc., of Boise, Idaho. They were sold at REI, Babies R’ Us and children’s product and sporting goods stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. They were also sold on Amazon.com between November 1998 and October 2011 for from $280 to $600.
This recall includes all strollers manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010 with the BOB®, Ironman® or Stroller Strides® brand name embroidered on the canopy of the strollers. According to the CPSC Announcement, “Strollers manufactured after October 2006 have a white label affixed to the back of the stroller’s leg with the manufacturing date. Strollers with no manufacturing date listed were produced prior to October 2006 and are included in this recall.”
Consumers should stop using these strollers until they remove the embroidery backing patch from the interior of the canopy’s logo. Consumers can contact B.O.B. Trailers toll-free at (855) 242-2245 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.bobnotices.com for instructions on properly removing the backing.
To view photos of the strollers and embroidered patches that may become detached, please visit the CPSC website at:http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12006.html