Kids in Danger Blog


KID joins partners to promote child product safety

At KID, we pride ourselves on giving a voice to parents and caregivers by giving them a seat at the table to ensure safety is the first priority when it comes to children’s products. However, the strength of our voice and the impact of our efforts are significantly increased when other advocates and partners in safety join their voices with ours. Over the past month, KID has teamed up with the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois PIRG ... Read more
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Young Engineers Develop New Child Product Safety Designs

Did you know that 25% of the 5,160 people who experience microwave-related burns annually are children under the age of 36 months? In fact, children often can easily open a microwave door and remove the bowl, putting them at risk for spilling scalding hot liquid on themselves. Student engineers at Northwestern and University of Michigan were not aware either until KID posed this question: How can we make microwaves functional for older users, but ... Read more
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What NOT to buy this season

There are countless advertisements and promotions telling you all the things you should buy this season, but little attention is given to informing parents and caregivers about the dangerous products they should avoid purchasing over the holidays. KID has listed a few of these products to avoid below.  To see the potential safety hazards of all products, visit www.kidsindanger.org/product-hazards/Hazard: Fall Culprit: Walkers Instead of purchasing ... Read more
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Detergent pods can put children at risk

At KID, we often warn about the dangers of products that are aimed at children, but are faulty, contain choking hazards or pose strangulation risks. But curious, adventurous children can easily end up hurt from products that are definitely not aimed at them. No mother or father is going to give their child a liquid laundry detergent packet to play with, but these brightly-colored pods were responsible for sending 6,000 kids to the emergency room in ... Read more
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Support KID on #GivingTuesday

You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday but what about #GivingTuesday? This day isn’t about getting the best deals but rather about giving back. KID is a partner organization in the #GivingTuesday campaign which connects individuals, nonprofit organizations, and the businesses supporting those organizations. What makes #GivingTuesday unique is that it is a way to make a difference and get involved with your favorite nonprofit organizations. ... Read more
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CPSC releases toy safety report

In November, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released their Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries Report for the year of 2013. The report states that in 2013, nine children under the age of twelve were lost due to toy-related fatalities, most of which occurred by asphyxiation. KID recommends preventing choking and asphyxiation by using a toilet paper roll to test small toys and parts. If an item fits inside a toilet paper roll, it presents ... Read more
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What you need to know about the Graco Stroller Recall

Today CPSC joined with agencies from Canada and Mexico to announce the recall of almost five million Graco strollers – sold for over 15 years.  The side latches on the strollers have caused fingertip amputations. Here’s what you need to know:Is my stroller part of the recall?The list of models included is mind-boggling.  The only way to be sure is to check your model name against this list.  Model names and date of manufacturer are printed ... Read more
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Stay Warm and Stay Safe

As the snow blows through the city and the temperature drops, it’s tempting to curl up inside and wait out the next few months. We here at KID encourage you to cuddle up with your kids, but while you and your family get cozy, consider these winter season safety tips to keep your children protected from both the bitter cold and hidden hazards of children’s products. Look out for drawstrings, which can be found in winter coats, jackets, and sweatshirts. ... Read more
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