Product safety commissions from the US, Canada and Mexico are set for their 3rd North America Product Safety Summit, to be held this week. The summit is being held in Mexico City and has already proven to be highly effectual in matters of outreach, education and joint industry trainings; as well as no less than 3 trilateral recalls of harmful children’s products and toys.
The summit comprises of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and Mexico’s PROFECO, which is their Consumer Protection Federal Agency.
The news was released on the CPSC website under Release Number: 16-040, dated November 19, 2015, together with commentary provided by the CPSC’s Chairman, Elliot F. Kaye; Canada’s Minister of Health Dr. Jane Philpott and Mexico’s PROFECO Federal Attorney Lorena Martinez.
A stong message surrounding the approaching holiday season was raised with a focus of the regulatory bodies on protecting children from harmful products and toys. Additional safety tips were also provided and well worth taking note of:
Here are some safety tips for all consumers to keep in mind this holiday season:
• Magnets – Children’s magnetic toys are covered by a strong safety standard that aims to prevent magnets from being swallowed. High-powered magnet sets that have small magnets are dangerous and should be kept away from children. Whether marketed for children or adults, building and play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.
• Balloons – Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Children can also be strangled by a balloon string. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than 8 years old. Discard torn balloons immediately.
• Small balls and other toys with small parts – For children younger than age 3, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
• Scooters and other riding toys – Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and other safety gear should be worn properly at all times, and they should be sized to fit. Avoid riding scooters on streets or roadways.
Once gifts are open:
• Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.
• Battery charging should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging.