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Children's product safety in the new administration
As the new presidential administration has taken office, KID has important questions about the future of children's product safety. Will the CPSC get the funding it needs? Will existing consumer protections withstand calls for regulatory rollbacks? Will new hazards be adequately addressed? Here's what we do know: all members of CPSC have pledged to work together for safety under new acting chairman Ann Marie Buerkle. For an in-depth look, check out this blog post from KID Executive Director, Nancy Cowles. No matter what the future holds, KID will continue fighting to protecting our most vulnerable consumers. If you are interested in joining that fight, please consider participating our GEM Club to give monthly and help us advocate for children within the new administration. Follow KID (and  CPSC ) on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated.
#KickBackWithKID on March 20th
Join the KID Young Professionals Board as we host our first  fundraiser of the year at Revolution Brewing in Logan Square. Enjoy an evening of great food and drinks - and for a great cause! Get your tickets here.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to support KID, you can donate  here.  
Illinois Poison Prevention Month
Did you know: poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related hospitalization and death for children 18-36 months? KID honors Illinois Poison Prevention Month and National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25) to draw attention to poisoning hazards. Recently, we came across an article exposing a new hazard associated with laundry detergent pods: eye burns. These pods first emerged as an ingestion hazard in 2012. However, incidents involving eye irritations and burns have also increased sharply. We'll be posting poison prevention information throughout the month, so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. For more poison prevention resources, visit the Illinois Poison Center
Family Voices: Ted's Story
KID is always working to amplify the voices of parents affected by  product hazards. This month, we added Ted's story to our collection of Family Voices . On Valentine's Day in 2016, Ted died a result of injuries he sustained when his IKEA Malm dresser tipped over on him. When Ted's family learned of the other deaths associated with the product, they teamed up with those families to call for a recall. Currently, KID is working with Ted's parents to spread awareness about the IKEA recall and furniture tip-overs.  If you have a dresser that was involved in the  IKEA recall  -- click here for information about receiving a refund. 
Save the date: Best Friend Award Night 2017
We are very excited to announce that t he  2017 KID Best Friend Award Night  will be held on  June 1, 2017 at Galleria Marchetti. This year, we  will be honoring four university programs that have helped KID in our mission to keep children safe. They include: 
  • The Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University
  • The School of Engineering at the University of Michigan
  • The Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology
  • The Social Enterprise Institute at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

For now, save the date and visit the KID website for more information about the event!