I saw this story in the Columbus Dispatch today noting an increase in the number of injuries to babies caused by high chairs. On average, 9,400 kids are hurt every year due to high chairs – a number that has been on the rise.
To be sure, some injuries were caused by children climbing out, while other are related to defects in the chair itself.
Although you wouldn’t know from the weather this weekend, summer is actually upon us. That means every red-blooded American child is itching to get to the pool. As fun and relaxing as pools can be, keep in mind they can be quite dangerous, especially for kids.
Keep a couple of basic safety rules in mind when kids are around pools. Never leave kids alone, even for a second. Be careful around covered pools, pool drains, and pipes. And teach kids to swim before taking them to the pool to increase their skills and comfort level around open water.
I saw this list recently – the top 10 most dangerous toys of all time. Some of the toys on the list are downright jaw-droppingly dangerous and would make Irving Mainway proud. Take, for example, the CSI fingerprint kit made with asbestos dust, made as recently as 2007(!) Others, like the Hannah Montana card game laced with lead, are not as obvious.
What does this mean to you:
Always fill out and return the warranty cards that come with children’s products so you know when a recall happens and you can be up to date with the most current information.
When we think of things that are dangerous to children, generally things like strollers or cribs come to mind. But products designed for adults pose a dangers to little ones as well. I stumbled on this tragic story about unstable furniture, like dressers, cabinets, and chests, that can tip over and pin children down, often with disastrous consequences.
What does this mean to you:
As parents, we can’t assume that only “kids products” pose dangers to kids. To anticipate what children might get into, we have to to think like they would and approach common situations as they would. Come to think of it, that might not be a bad way to approach life anyway for purposes of our health, business success, and mental acuity.
Though we may not want to do it for every DVD player or blender we buy, take 30 seconds and fill out the warranty card so you are apprised of recalls as soon as they happen, especially for products that impact the safety of children.
One of my favorite SNL sketches from back in the day was Dan Aykroyd as Irwin Mainway on the show “Consumer Probe.” Mr. Mainway made toys for kids such as Johnny Switchblade, Bag O’ Glass (part of the very successful Bag O’ line), and Teddy Chainsaw Bear. Classic! The comedy lies in the fact that the danger in these kids products is patently obvious to everyone.
Though it is a pain, always fill out and return the warranty cards that come with products – especially children’s products – so you know when a recall happens. A recall can be critical evidence in proving a claim. Without a recall notice, you are relying on the goodness of Mr. Mainway’s heart to give you notice.