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Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine

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Children, especially those younger than 5 years, are at higher risk for serious flu-related complications. The flu vaccine offers the best defense against getting the flu and spreading it to others. Getting vaccinated can reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, missed work and school days, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in children. Information on this…

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Virginia’s New Car Seat Law: What You Need to Know

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LAW: This Spring, Virginia’s legislature passed a new, stronger law on child passenger safety, and Governor Northam signed the bill into law. It makes Virginia children safer by requiring them to remain rear-facing in their car seats until they reach age 2 or the minimum weight limit called for by the car seat manufacturer. If…

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Kids in Hot Cars: One Child is Too Many

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The National Safety Council has released a groundbreaking report on pediatric vehicular heatstroke (PVH) titled, Kids in Hot Cars; a Legislative Look Across the U.S. On average, 37 children die each year due to PVH1; 42 children died during 2017, alone. All of these deaths were preventable. In an effort to better understand and document…

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Keeping Foodborne Illness Away This Summer!

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Summer is coming! Barbeques, picnics, fishing and camping trips, days at the beach, family reunions, wedding receptions...and more. There are plenty of activities where you may be served food out of doors! In the heat… The longer perishable food stands out… the quicker it will become less palatable and more dangerous! Yes, dangerous to those…

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CPSC CONSUMER ALERT: CAREGIVERS URGED TO USE RESTRAINTS WITH INCLINED SLEEP PRODUCTS

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – News Release Release Date: May 31, 2018 Release Number: 18-171 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding parents: Always create a safe sleep environment for babies in a crib, bassinet, play yard or inclined sleeper. In particular, CPSC is alerting consumers to be aware…

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A Tragic Day in South Florida Broward County

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February 14, 2018 is a bad day in Broward Co. Florida, a very sad day for Florida in total, and once again for America, for families, educators, students... everyone! It is heart-rending...but that is not enough. There has to be a way to stop this from continuing to happen, to course-correct in an effective way!…

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CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools

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Release Date: December 20, 2017 Release Number: 18-068 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal standard intended to improve the safety of children’s folding chairs and stools. The new federal safety standard incorporates the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F2613-17a, Standard Consumer Safety…

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Put Safety at the Top of Your List When Decorating this Holiday Season!

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As the nation gears up to decorate their homes for the holiday season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds consumers of decorating dangers and provides tips for a safe holiday. CPSC demonstrated some of the hazards, including Christmas tree and candle fires at its laboratory in Rockville, Md. See CPSC’s broadcast quality video.…

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Toy Safety for the Holidays 2017

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At no time, are we more conscious of child safety than during this joyous ramp-up to the holidays when gift purchasing and giving is at all-time high. Various websites, including the website for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), call to our attention the incidents and injuries that have parents quaking in their boots: Tip-overs…

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Sudden Deaths of Infants in New Jersey Spur Safety Warnings to Parents

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Recently in New Jersey, three infants died within 40 hours of each other, this spurred child safety leaders to warn parents of common dangers to infants, including those which may contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that the following basic steps can help protect infants: Make sure the…

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