Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitors with Sensor Pads are being recalled by the Quebec, Canada-based Angelcare Monitors due to the potential strangulation threat posed to children. A whopping 600,000 products are being recalled from the United States and Canada due to the danger that the monitors’ sensor pad cords could pose if they get pulled into the crib by the child. Sadly, two fatalities have already been reported in association with this safety issue, and two other babies have reportedly become entangled with a cord without being fatally injured. These products have been available from various retailers around the country between 1999 and this past September. Owners can obtain a repair kit from Angelcare that will hopefully eliminate the strangulation threat that would otherwise be posed by these products.
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The South Plainfield, New Jersey-based Dream on Me has announced the recall of Lullaby Cradle Gliders of four different colors, all of which were produced in October of 2011. 700 of the gliders are affected by the recall, which was initiated because there’s a possibility that falling or sliding of the mattress support board can take place. If a child were in the glider at that time, he or she could fall along with that component, suffering potential injuries in the process. There have been two incidents reported, but thankfully, one infant was able to remain in the cradle when the defect presented itself and another that fell reportedly did not suffer injuries. Owners are being asked to cease usage and get in touch with Dream On Me for a repair kit along with attendant instructions. The items were available across the country between October 2011 and this past July.
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Christmas can be a hectic time of the year, especially for those families that have a bevy of children to see to. There are plenty of holiday stresses and hazards posed to adults, but when you tack on the added responsibility of dealing with a child, you begin to look at the things around your home in a whole new way. A new report provides direction to those persons with little kids in the home, and all citizens would do well to check out the safety tips on hand.
First up is the tree, which kids may not look at the same way you would. You see the tree as a decoration to stuff gifts under, but little kids may see it as a big patch of greenery covered in toys. If a child reaches for an ornament that breaks, he or she could suffer a laceration or even choke on the pieces if they try to eat them. Put breakable objects up high, and realize that anything attached to the bottom should be something you’re okay with your child grabbing. That also means that the ornaments down there should be hung via other means than hooks.
Keep in mind those other types of decorations associated with Christmas that could also pose a potential risk to your children. Mistletoe and poinsettias look great, but to a child, they could be poisonous. These must be hung up high enough that a child would be unable to reach them. The same goes for candles, which may tempt a child if they’re within reach. Keep candles somewhere they’ll be out of the grasp of kids. Whenever you leave the room, make sure to blow the flame out.
As you go about your Christmas shopping, ensure that anything you’re buying for your kids is going to be age-appropriate. If he or she is under the age of three, products with small parts should be avoided. Parents ought to be particularly cautious with electronic toys given the presence of small button batteries that could be exceedingly dangerous if a child were to swallow that item. All toy packages should relate the age limits and the potentially dangerous objects within, and parents must use their best judgment when deciding whether to purchase an item.
If you’re planning on traveling for Thanksgiving or Christmas, then this is a good time to verify that your car seat is installed properly and that it’s the right type of unit given your child’s size. Should your child exceed the limits of their current car seat, make a booster seat an early present. Know, though, that the child shouldn’t be advanced to that type of seat before they’re ready.
The Miami, Florida-based Babycottons has announced the recall of children’s nightgowns ranging in size from 24 months to size six for toddlers. 1,100 sets of 100% cotton sleepwear available in six different prints are impacted by the recall, which was initiated because the products may pose a burn threat to children due to their inability to meet standards regarding flammability. Owners are being asked to not allow children to wear these nightgowns; instead, a refund can and should be obtained by parents by returning the items to where they were bought. The clothing was sold at Babycotton retailers across the country between this past February and July.
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G2 Car Seat Bases are being recalled by Orbit Baby because of a potential injury hazard posed. A total of 2,962 bases are being recalled, and each will have a model number of ORB 822000 and a batch number of A0880, A0860, or A0840. Each of these products will have a StrongArm Knob responsible for securing the unit; unfortunately, this component could end up spinning or detaching completely. When that occurs, the child would not be properly protected should a crash occur, and thus there is a greater chance of injury. The recall should start at some point this month, so owners should start hearing from the company soon. A repair kit will be provided to affected persons.
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Today, a new set of rankings for children’s booster seats has been released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For parents thinking about moving their children into these seats from their current car seats, understanding and heeding these ratings is essential to ensuring safety.
The ratings focus on both backless and highback models. Both types of seats allow the child to be raised to the level where the seatbelt can be used safely, they just do so differently, with the highback chairs providing support to a child’s head and the backless ones relying on a lap belt guide and a plastic clip for the shoulder.
The latest analysis by the IIHS provided ratings to 31 additional models of car seat that had not been rated before. The Harmony Transit Deluxe and the Graco Affix and Connext received the Best Bet designation along with 16 other models. Booster seats are ranked on a scale ranging from Not Recommended to Check Fit to Good Bet to Best Bet.
The IIHS notes that their ratings system, which dates back to 2008, has perhaps provided the impetus for the makers of boosters to improve safety. Manufacturers have begun to partner with the IIHS to make sure that the boosters they’re introducing to the marketplace are meeting the requirements of safety.
When it comes to preventing a fire and getting out of a given structure when a fire does break out, most adults probably know what to do, but that knowledge doesn’t necessarily extend to children. It’s up to parents to educate their kids about the steps they can take to stay safe, and some of those precautions are discussed in a new report.
The best way to promote safety is to keep a fire from ever breaking out in the first place. Doing that will require the efforts of parents and children alike. Parents ought to make sure that the home is free of things like frayed electrical cords. They should ensure that the fireplace works properly and that children don’t go near it. If smoking takes place, it should take place outside the home and the ashes should be placed in the appropriate receptacle.
Children should feel comfortable pointing out hazards to a parent. They may have a point of view that an adult wouldn’t even think about. You should stress to kids that matches and lighters are not toys and should never be treated as such. Tell them to also be careful near a fireplace or even candles. Explain the danger that these things pose and ask them to bring any discarded flammable items to you whenever they find them simply lying around.
Parents should develop a plan that can be put into practice should a fire break out despite the precautions taken. That way, children will know what they need to do to get out of the house safely. A child that’s not aware of the proper exit procedures in the event of a fire may do something that puts them more in danger. Their first instinct may be to hide within the home, for instance.
Instead, make sure that you go over how to get out of the house. Then, review these steps on a regular basis. Have your children try to open the windows and unlock the doors inside the home so that they will be able to do that when a fire breaks out. Ensure that a child knows that, once he or she is outside, they are to remain there until told to go back in by a parent or rescue officials.
Teach children to respect the emittance of a smoke alarm, and tell them that they should get low to the ground if they have to exit the home. Finally, stress to them the importance of dialing 911 once they’re out. You’ll hopefully be with them, but if you somehow get separated, they should know how to call for help.
Parents in the modern age have their hands full trying to keep their children safe from the various dangers they could confront online. Safety isn’t as simple as it was even a decade ago. Thankfully, a new report relates some tips from Cox Communications that seek to help parents safeguard their kids from harm.
What makes internet safety so challenging today is the fact that it’s not just computers you have to worry about. Sure, you can monitor their internet behavior from the family computer in the living room, but what about the various tablets and cellphones around the house? Or the videogame consoles? Or the televisions? Or the DVD players?
All of these things and more now come ready to connect to the internet. Therefore, make sure to conduct a rundown of every possible internet-capable device and activate the parental safety features available on those. Most of the time, this is a simple matter of going to the settings of the device and creating a password that keeps children from heading to the types of sites they shouldn’t be exposed to.
Parents also have a role to play when it comes to their children’s social media usage. Make sure that kids know to refrain from posting personal identification information or photos. Messages that come from persons they don’t recognize should not prompt a response, and children should know that they ought to alert parents when these messages come through.
With Halloween finally here, it’s important to supply some last-minute tips that anyone driving during the holiday can exercise in order to protect those child pedestrians who may be out trick-or-treating. The tips hail from the Los Angeles Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety. If possible to do so, don’t drive through a residential section of town where you know there will be children out. Instead, you might leave early or later in the night when the likelihood of children being present is smaller. If you absolutely must drive through such areas, make sure your headlights are on and you’re obeying all applicable laws, keeping your speed in check and paying attention to your surroundings. Should you be the host of a party, stress to guests that they should have designated drivers, and be willing to offer non-alcoholic beverages so that everyone can make it home safely.
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We’re now just a day removed from Halloween, and although we’ve focused a lot in recent weeks on how parents can protect their children from potential harm while they’re out trick-or-treating or how to ensure decorations aren’t going to pose unnecessary fire threats, today we’d like to take a look at those things that drivers ought to do to minimize the threat of an accident. To that end, persons who know they’re going to be driving this Halloween ought to consult the tips from the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety as related by the Utah Safety Council.
Not surprisingly, many of the precautions you should take tomorrow night are the same that should be required every day of the year. Using a cellphone to text or talk in the state of California is illegal, so there should never come a time when you use a handheld phone at the wheel. This is particularly important on Halloween, when one distraction is all it takes to put a child crossing the road in danger.
Drunk driving is another one of those things that is unacceptable under any circumstances, but it’s particularly incongruous on Halloween given the children you’re endangering by crawling into the driver’s seat. Considering the number of Halloween parties that take place and the number of people that imbibe too much at those parties, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that two in three deaths on Halloween can be attributed to alcohol. The lesson should be clear: refrain from alcohol consumption if you’re going to be driving.
Those other precautions that should carry over from every other part of the year include keeping one’s speed in check, especially in residential neighborhoods, and making sure that headlights and brake lights are in adequate repair. Defense driving must be your goal, especially in the prime trick-or-treating hours between four and eight.
Understand that there are going to be hordes of children out and about, and their excitement over the holiday could cause them to not be as attentive to safety. Pay attention not just at crosswalks but all along your route. Children may lunge into the street at any time, and you need to be ready to stop when that occurs. If another vehicle has stopped, you should assume they’re doing so for passing children and follow their lead. And when you’re pulling into or out of a driveway, be absolutely certain there are no children in your path.
Finally, one thing that you may not have thought of: if you’re going to a costume party, make sure your outfit doesn’t impede your ability to safely pilot a vehicle. This is extra important if your costume comes with a mask; that mask needs to remain stowed until you’re out of the car.