Child Safety Non Profit Spotlight: Kids in Danger
We’re pleased to bring you a guest blog post from Kids In Danger (KID), a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting children through improving children’s product safety. The organization, as you will read, is devoted to preventing child injury by promoting child safety.
We were so pleased when The Safest Line asked KID to write a guest blog post. We think this blog provides such great information for parents aiming to keep their children safe. We at KID have the same mission – to protect children by improving children’s product safety. I’ll take a note from Ken’s post, Child Safety Tips: 10 Things You Can Do In 10 Minutes Or Less To Make Your Home Safer, and give you KID’s 3 Steps to Children’s Product Safety. But first, a little about KID:
Kids In Danger was founded in 1998 by the parents of Danny Keysar who was killed in a recalled portable crib at his Chicago childcare home. The crib collapsed around his neck as he stood up, strangling him. Danny’s parents soon learned that Danny was the 12th child to die in that type of crib and founded KID to keep other children safe. Since then we have worked to promote the development of safer children’s products, advocate for children and educate parents and caregivers about dangerous products. You can learn more at our website or our blog.
Now, three steps to safety:
1. Learn about the problem. Read this blog and visit KID and come back often for updated information. Almost three children’s products are recalled on average every week and each year 77,000 children are rushed to emergency rooms with injuries involving nursery products and 88 die. New laws are in place to cut these scary statistics, but parents still need to be vigilant to protect their children.
2. Check your products for recalls. Do an inventory of the items used by your children. Visit http://recalls.gov/to check for recalls or other product hazards. In particular, check your baby’s crib or sleeping environment. Over 10 million cribs have been recalled in the past few years.
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3. Act to keep children safe. Once you have checked your products, alert your family and friends to the danger of unsafe children’s products. Fill out your name and address on registration cards that accompany new products or register your product online. This is often the only way the manufacturer can contact you directly in the event of a product recall. Report product defects, injuries or other problems to both the product manufacturer and CPSC. Tell your elected officials that they must make children’s safety a priority. Check out KID’s advocacy page for more information.
Again, thanks to Ken and The Safest Line for letting us share our story with you. It is working together that we make it safer for our children and grandchildren.