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Window Blinds Injure Two Children Every Day in the U.S.

Window blinds injure two children every day and kill one child each month on average in the U.S., according to an epidemiologic study published in the journal Pediatrics. From 1990 to 2015, nearly 17,000 children younger than 6 years old were treated in U.S emergency rooms for window blind-related injuries. A little less than half the injuries involved being struck by a window blind, such as being hit by a falling blind. Just 12 percent of the injuries involved entanglements, mostly with the cords on the blinds, but these injuries accounted for most of the hospitalizations and deaths, researchers found. Data ... Read More

Tennessee Boy’s Hot Car Death The 23rd in U.S. This Year

A 3-year-old Tennessee boy who became locked inside a hot car Monday, July 10, has died of heat-related illness. The boy’s grandmother, who is also his guardian, told authorities that a teenager had been babysitting the boy and several others at a neighbor’s house where she had been mowing the lawn, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported, according to ABC News. When the grandmother finished mowing the lawn, she and the babysitter realized the boy was missing. They found him locked inside a 2006 Honda Accord parked at the home. Authorities say the boy had been locked inside the car ... Read More

Texas Boy Invents Fan To Save Kids Trapped in Hot Cars

An 11-year old Texas boy is being hailed as a child genius for his invention that may one day soon help save the lives of children who have been left in hot cars. According to CBS News, Bishop Curry, who lives with his family in McKinney, Texas, invented a special car fan after hearing about a 6-month-old baby who died after being left in a hot vehicle last year. “It made him sad, and at that point, the wheels started turning in his mind,” Bishop’s father, Bishop Curry IV, told CBS News. “He came up with a way to prevent ... Read More

Daughter of ex-Ravens Player Todd Heap Killed In Tragic Driveway Accident

Former Ravens tight end Todd Heap accidentally struck and killed his 3-year-old daughter at their home in Mesa, Arizona, Friday in what his former team described in a statement as a “knee-buckling” and “overwhelmingly sad tragedy.” Mesa police said the accident happened about 3:45 p.m. in the gated community of Las Sendas when Mr. Heap was moving his truck forward and hit the girl in the driveway. Authorities responding to the accident said that Mr. Heap displayed no signs of impairment. An investigation of the accident remains underway. The girl was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced ... Read More

Boy Crushed To Death In Atlanta’s Revolving Restaurant

A 5-year-old boy was crushed to death Friday afternoon after being caught in a revolving restaurant at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. The boy, identified by Atlanta authorities as Charlie Holt, was visiting Atlanta with his family from Charlotte, North Carolina. He was having lunch at the Sun Dial restaurant with his parents. The restaurant continually revolves on the 73rd floor of the hotel, giving diners a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding area. The child reportedly wandered about four or five feet away from the window table where his parents were seated and ... Read More

Target Recalls Easter Egg Toys Over Life-Threatening Ingestion Risks

Target issued an urgent recall of water-absorbing Hatch & Grow Easter egg toys Thursday over fears the objects could expand inside a child’s body if swallowed and potentially cause life-threatening injuries. The national retailer is recalling about 560,000 units of the toy, which are individually packaged and resemble small colorful Easter eggs, bunnies, chicks, and butterflies. The Chinese-made products were sold in Target stores nationwide between February 2017 and March 2017 for about $1 each. The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the recall also covers similar toys with multiple product names, such as “Easter Grow Toys” and “Hatch Your ... Read More

Top-Ten “Worst Toys” List Released by Child Safety Group

With the holiday shopping season underway, safety watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) has compiled its list of 10 toys consumers should consider avoiding due to various hazards they say are associated with the product, which they say could harm children. “Although parents have a right to expect that toys they give to their children are safe, unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem. Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death,” the non-profit organization says on its website. W.A.T.C.H. has ... Read More

Winter Coats Diminish Effectiveness of Child Car Seats

With the colder temperatures that fall and winter bring comes a new warning to parents and childcare givers: bulky coats can diminish the effectiveness of car seats and other child safety restraints, even up to the point of canceling their life-saving protection. It may feel like children who are secured in a car seat with their winter coat on are securely strapped in, when in actuality the bulkiness of the coat can create too much slack between the child and the restraint. A recent report on NBC’s Today Show showed a child dummy wearing a coat and positioned in a car seat. ... Read More

Safety 1st announces highchair recall after reports of chipped teeth, bruises from falls

Safety 1st, a baby products company focused on safety, has announced a highchair recall encompassing about 35,000 Décor Wood Highchairs. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the seated child is able to remove the tray attached to the highchair, thus posing a fall hazard. There are three models of Safety 1st Wood Décor highchairs included in this recall:  HC144BZF (Casablanca), HC229CZF (Gentle Lace) and HC229CYG (Black Lace). The model number can be checked by looking under the highchair’s seat. The recalled highchairs were manufactured with A-frame black wood with a removable fabric seat pad in black and white. The border ... Read More

National Child Passenger Safety Week highlights importance of proper installation, use of car seats

Despite the fact that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and our territories have laws requiring the use of safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children traveling in motor vehicles, many families in our country travel either without a child safety seat or are not using the seats properly. The misuse of child safety seats in automobiles drastically increases the risk for injury and death of a child during a crash. Thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in automobile crashes each year, making car accidents the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 ... Read More