As parents and members of the Travel-Tot team, we believe knowledge is one of the most valuable tools for keeping your children safe! That's why this week, we'd like to share information about the quintessential online resource for finding out about product recalls; the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
According to their own website, the CPSC is "charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction... [they are] committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children." The page further reports that the CPSC's work has contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
The CPSC hosts a fantastic website, featuring a homepage where the most current recalls can be found. In addition, the homepage offers a link to report unsafe products, and a search feature to locate products that may have been recalled less recently. There are also links to a Consumer Opinion Forum (where users can sign-up at no cost to join a panel of consumers that the CPSC consults on matters of product usage and phrasing of warning messages), an Especially for Kids section (with great safety games and kid-friendly safety tips), and a variety of sub-classified safety information with links to specific resources on ATVs, Cribs, Pool/Spas, CO, Drywall, Magnets, Smoke Alarms, and Resale/Thrift Stores.
The site is truly an invaluable resource for safety information. So next time you find yourself online, give the CPSC's site a visit; the information you find there just might save a life.
Safe and happy travels!