Button Batteries In Your Child’s Toy Could Be Cause for Concern

Tragedy struck two days after Christmas for one Oklahoma family when a two-year-old toddler died six days after swallowing a button battery.

The day after Christmas, Brianna Florer of Jay, Oklahoma, began exhibiting signs that something was wrong.  The next day, her condition worsened and the family drove Brianna from their rural home to meet an ambulance. Despite emergency surgery … Read the rest

Hoverboards Spark Safety Concerns

Hoverboards have become very popular among the pre-teen and teenage population, and have been given as many holiday gifts this year.  However, safety concerns have arisen concerning hoverboards, which require the user to balance as the board moves at a rate of over ten miles per hour. In many instances, users fail to wear helmets. With the rate of how … Read the rest

Toy Safety for Children During the Holidays

Defective children’s toys present inherent hazards to those of all ages.  While younger children may be more prone to choking on small items, older children are more prone to taking risks and misusing toys in what can sometimes be a dangerous manner.  A defective children’s toy can increase those risks as well as present others.

From 2012 to 2013, the … Read the rest

Avoiding Slip and Fall Accidents During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for enjoying the festivities with friends and family.  Many people are busy shopping, decorating, and completing their holiday tasks.  At such a busy time, nothing can ruin the season more than an accident.  However, 1.9 million slip and fall accidents occur each holiday season with falls from roofs and ladders being responsible for 56% of … Read the rest

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Advises General Rules for Holiday Safety

Trees, snow, lights, candles, trimmings, fires and paper are all signs of the season. They are also potential hazards. With safety in mind, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has posted on its website a pamphlet with highly useful information about enjoying these seasonal activities.

Holiday Safety

The pamphlet includes some General Rules for Holiday Safety, as follows: Keep matches, … Read the rest

Less Daylight Hours Brings Consumer Advisory From NHTSA Cautioning Drivers on Increased Risks to Pedestrians

In 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed and 59,000 were injured in traffic crashes. Of those killed, 25 percent died between 4 P.M. and 8 P.M. and another 13 percent between 4 A.M. and 8 A.M. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns drivers that adjusting to the new low-light environment can take time, and that driving while distracted puts … Read the rest

Nassau County Police Release Recommendations to Avoid Repeating Wal-Mart Black Friday Stampede

On the Friday following Thanksgiving last year a pre-dawn mob of approximately 2,000 shoppers broke down the doors to a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, New York, and rushed past and trampled to death Jdimytai Damour, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound Wal-Mart worker who was stationed near the entrance to assist with crowd control. At least four other people were hurt. This … Read the rest

How Will “Doorbuster Bill” Proposed In Wake of Trampling Death of Wal-Mart Worker Effect Stores’ Civil Liability in the Future?

This past Black Friday bore witness to the inherent dangers in failing to properly control a crowd that could and did turn into a stampeding mob oblivious to the fact that a man was being asphyxiated beneath them. Two days after stampeding shoppers trampled a Wal-Mart worker to death at a Valley Stream, New York store, Queens-based New York City … Read the rest

CPSC Releases Its Toy Safety Tips For Holiday Shopping

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has its list for the holidays, that is its annual holiday safety messages. Parents and gift buyers are encouraged to check it twice.  Released on November 12, 2008, CPSC, joined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Safe Kids Worldwide, reminded parents to be diligent when making holiday shopping choices.

For 2007, … Read the rest