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Military Families should know about hidden hazards that pose home safety risks

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission joins the Department of Defense in supporting military children and recognizing the sacrifices they and their parents make.
CPSC wants military Families to be aware of the hidden hazards that can pose safety risks at home. Therefore, CPSC urges military Families to set aside some time to learn how to prevent tragedies that have taken the lives of too many young children.
*Unintentional poisoning: Reduce the risk of unintentional poisoning in your home by thinking outside the box and beyond medicine and kitchen cabinets.
wFurniture and appliance tip-over: Take simple, low-cost steps to prevent tip-overs of furniture, TVs and appliances. As the CPSC says, "Anchor It and Protect a Child."
*Strangulation: Go cordless with your window blinds and shades to prevent cord strangulations.
*Falls from windows: Always keep in mind that window screens will keep bugs out, but won't keep children in.
*In-home drowning: Be aware that children can drown quickly and silently in containers of water inside the home as well as in outdoor pools.
In addition, make sure you use children's products – such as cribs, play yards and strollers – that meet current safety requirements.
Kids, especially children in military Families, have to adapt to a lot of things while growing up. No matter whether you live on or off base, the CPSC encourages you to take the simple steps that can prevent these home hazards from hurting your child.
Created by Congress in 1973, the CPSC is an independent federal agency charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.
Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard.
CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired.
Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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