Spring and yard sales just go together. However, we here at KID want to remind you not to bargain with product safety and keep an eye out for dangerous, recalled products. Use our handy Yard Sale Safety Checklist as you prepare to buy or sell, and help keep kids safe from unsafe secondhand products. Here’s a some second hand safety tips:
- Some children’s products, such as bath rings, baby walkers, crib bumper pads, and sleep positioners are not safe for use, so avoid buying/selling these items at yard sales.
- Car seats and bike helmets that have been in an accident are not effective to use again. It’s often difficult to determine whether they have been in an accident or not, so these items should not be re-sold.
- Check to make cribs have been manufactured after June 28, 2011 and therefore meet the strongest crib safety standards in the world.
- Double-check that none of your items have missing or broken pieces. Keep an eye out for children’s clothing with drawstrings in the hood or neck that could lead to potential strangulation hazards. When in doubt, pull the drawstring out!
- Visit kidsindanger.org from your mobile device for recall information as you shop.
The checklist is a great way for sellers to display their commitment to product safety to their neighbors and customers. Feel free to print as many checklists as you like at our publications page, or email Carson and she will send complimentary copies. Remember to review your items before the day of the sale and make sure they follow these safety tips to help keep your community safe from dangerous children’s products.