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Looking For Product Safety Information? Try The Consumer Product Safety Commission

One of the key directives of good parenting is keeping children safe. In many respects, this can be pretty straightforward; if you’re teaching a child to swim or ride a bike, you supervise this activity and don’t simply leave a child to his or her own devices. When Halloween arrives, it’s always a good idea to take the children out trick-or-treating, rather than having them do so alone. And when children are in vehicles, it is a parent’s responsibility to buckle them in.

But for other situations, maintaining a child’s safety can be a difficult thing. What do you do when there are reports of child abduction in the area? How do you teach sensible self-protection measures to your child when it comes to interacting with strangers? And what can you do to prevent harm in the home?

One way you can make the home safer is by ensuring dangerous products aren’t present. Even something that you buy at a store, intended for every day, household use can turn into an unexpected hazard for children and other residents of the home. But how would you ever know this before a tragic story appears on the news cycle to alert you?

This is where the CPSC comes in.

Your Retail Watchdog

CPSC stands for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This is a government organization, formed in 1972, with the goal of watching over safety hazards to consumer products. If there’s a risk, they issue an alert, in addition to setting the standards that determine when a product is in violation of safety requirements, and needs to be categorized for recall.

The CPSC website is one that concerned parents—or any homeowner—should have added to a link of home/safety related websites. The CPSC is always updated with the latest information on products within the USA have violated safety standards and are being placed on recall.

By taking the time to regularly check this website, you’re just using up a few minutes of your time to ensure that there is nothing in your household that may potentially be a hazard. The CPSC also works with businesses, to ensure that they comply with recall notices. In some cases, they may even help businesses to add a recall notice to their own website, so as to ensure that new customers are informed before they make a purchasing decision on a product is currently in recall.

Stay Safe

A toy, kitchen tool or other store-bought product should always meet the standards for safety that Americans expect. When this doesn’t happen, and you or someone in your household is injured, despite using a product safely, for its intended function, this opens up the path for legal action. When a product is not safe, a recall is usually announced, but this doesn’t help the first wave of victims who usually make the reports that alert the CPSC about what’s happening.

If negligence in the creation of a product results in a design flaw that harms the public, you have legal recourse. Talk to a personal injury lawyer about your defective product injury, and find out what you should be doing next.
Statement: For homeowners concerned about staying informed on what’s safe and what’s not, the CPSC website is an excellent resource.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Looking For Product Safety Information? Try The Consumer Product Safety Commission

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