Countless accidents, injuries, and deaths occur in and around the home, and our community is no exception. Our children are often at the greatest risk—even when we do everything we can to protect them. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 17 deaths and more than 181,000 toy-related injuries in 2010 alone, and that’s just counting injuries treated in emergency rooms. Nearly half of these toy-related fatalities were attributed to choking on balloons, small balls, and rubber balls.
To reduce these and other tragedies, CPSC provides information that can help you and your family avoid some of the more common threats. CPSC publications cover topics like safe practices pertaining to toys, children’s furniture, clothing, cribs, electrical devices, home heating equipment, household products, poison prevention, pools and much more. CPSC also offers information on holiday safety, indoor air quality, and safety for older Americans. Let’s all take extra precautions this holiday season.