KID has released a new report on fire and burn hazards. Our analysis shows a disappointing and dangerous increase in the number of products being recalled for fire and burn hazards. Recalled products such as clothing items and toys caused 1,000 incidents, 159 injuries, and 2 deaths in the last 10 years.
As a result of collaboration and successful petitioning from advocacy groups including KID, the CPSC will begin rule-making to outlaw all organohalogen flame retardants (OFRs). These toxic chemicals are often added to children's products to reduce flammability, but they can cause adverse health effects such as cancer, decreased IQ, and impaired memory.
KID participated in the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference and Exhibition at McCormick Place from September 15-19. We shared our life-saving product safety messaging the many pediatricians dedicated to children's health and safety.
October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month. Each year, about 4,000 infants die during sleep, from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other causes. Providing a safe sleeping environment is an important way to decrease these preventable deaths. Check out these resources for safe sleep:
Watch your mailbox for the Fall 2017 edition of our semi-annual Action Newsletter. The newsletter highlights the
outreach we did this summer, our new
Playing with Fire Hazards report, updates to our Teach Early Safety Testing (
TEST) university program and a new high school pilot program, as well as a recap of the 2017
Best Friend Award Night, which raised $58,000 to support KID's work.