Scientific American estimates that roughly 66,000 infants are injured every year in the U.S. due to accidents that occur while a baby product is being used. Due to how small and fragile infants are, products that are made for young children need to be manufactured with care. When product manufacturers do not keep this fact in mind or attempt to cut corners to conserve costs, products may injure children unnecessarily.
Parents in Wisconsin and everywhere throughout the Unites States should be cautious when buying the following products and do whatever research they can to ensure they buy an item that will not cause harm to their infant. Additionally, they should remember to always prioritize safety. Children should never be left unattended in a carrier, stroller, or device which may cause injury.
Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission posted information about a firework recall in Ohio, Illinois, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The fireworks affected are TNT brand Red, White, & Blue Smoke fireworks and they were sold at Albertsons, Kroger, Meijer, Target, Wal-Mart, and other retail vendors from May 2017 to June 2017 for roughly $5.
If you or your family has purchased these fireworks, do not light them. They can explode unexpectedly after being lit, posing a possible burn and injury hazard to users. Three users reported burn injuries to American Promotional Events, the manufacturer of these fireworks, before the recall was issued.
Just recently, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection released a May 2017 bulletin about household product recalls that affect children and homes with children in the state of Wisconsin. These recalls were issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in April 2017 and not all recalls were picked up by local media representatives.
If your household has any of the following items and you have small children in the house, you should pay attention to the information listed and follow the recommended courses of action corresponding to each:
Tide pods are part of the latest trend in laundry detergent. The tiny pods are filled with brightly colored, highly concentrated liquid detergents that effectively clean clothes without the need to measure, pour, or spill detergent from bulky, heavy, traditional bottles and boxes. Cleanliness and convenience make Tide pods attractive to adults. But their small size and bright colors make them attractive and extremely dangerous to children.
Since their release in 2012, the amount of children handling and ingesting Tide pods has steadily increased. Their “candy-like” appearance causes children to be drawn to them and to want to eat them. Product manufacturers have made only minor attempts to solve this problem. More complicated outer packaging that is more difficult to open is emerging on store shelves, but absolutely nothing has been done to address the real issue: the design of the pods themselves.