Toy Safety 2012 – Health Watch

>>> WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS YOU WERE GROWING UP? WHAT IS YOUR CHILD'S FAVORITE TOY TODAY? IS IT SAFE? COMING UP ON HEALTHWATCH, HOLIDAY TOY SAFETY TIPS CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY CAPTION ASSOCIATES, LLC www

captionassociatescom >>> HELLO I'M TERRANCE AFER-ANDERSON AND THIS IS HEALTHWATCH WE'RE INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON NOW AND PARENTS ACROSS THE NATION ARE VISITING RETAILERS AND SHOPPING ONLINE FOR A DIZZYING ARRAY OF CHILDREN'S TOYS BUT WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TOY SAFETY? DO YOU KNOW WHAT AGE-APPROPRIATE TOYS TO BUY FOR YOUR CHILD, GRANDCHILD, NIECE OR NEPHEW? WE'RE GOING TO PROVIDE YOU TODAY WITH SHOPPING TIPS AND INFORMATION THAT SHOULD HELP YOU AS YOU MAKE YOUR PURCHASES

I DON'T WANT TO ALARM YOU, BUT WE FEEL COMPELLED TO SHARE THE FOLLOWING STATISTICS IT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHY TOY SAFETY IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT TOPIC AND WHY WE ARE BRINGING YOU THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION TODAY THE US CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION REPORTS THAT IN 2010, THERE WERE SOME 251,700 TOY-RELATED INJURIES TREATED IN U

S EMERGENCY ROOMS THAT NUMBER HAS ESSENTIALLY REMAINED THE SAME FOR THE FIVE YEARS FROM 2006 TO 2010 45% OF THESE TOY-RELATED INJURIES WERE CLASSIFIED AS LACERATIONS, CONTUSIONS, OR ABRASIONS 46% WERE TO THE HEAD AND FACE AREA, THE MOST COMMONLY AFFECTED AREA OF THE BODY

OF THE 251,700 TOY-RELATED INJURIES IN 2010, 181,500, 72%, WERE TO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 15 89,200, 35%, OF THESE INJURIES WERE TO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IN 97% OF TOY-RELATED EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS, THE PATIENTS WERE TREATED AND RELEASED BUT NOW THE TRAGIC NEWS IN 2010, THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION ALSO REPORTED THAT THERE WERE 17 TOY-RELATED DEATHS TO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 15

BALLOONS AND SMALL BALLS WERE ASSOCIATED WITH 47% OF THESE REPORTED DEATHS FIVE FATALITIES WERE ATTRIBUTED TO BALLOONS, AND THREE DEATHS WERE ASSOCIATED WITH SMALL BALLS MOST OF THESE TOY-RELATED DEATHS, 11, WERE FROM ASPHYXIATION ANOTHER FOUR WERE FROM DROWNING AS SOBERING AS THESE NUMBERS MIGHT BE, WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE PRECAUTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM BECOMING A STATISTIC

I CHATTED RECENTLY WITH NYCHELLE FLEMING, A SENIOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST AND LEAD SPOKESPERSON IN THE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS, US CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, BETHESDA, MARYLAND MS FLEMING WASN'T ABLE TO JOIN ME IN THE STUDIO TODAY, BUT SHE SHARED SEVERAL VERY BRIEF, BUT INSIGHTFUL VIDEOS THAT WE ARE GOING TO FEATURE TODAY ON HEALTHWATCH

THE FIRST IS ENTITLED "TOP HOLIDAY TOY SAFETY TIPS" AND FEATURES MS FLEMING SHARING THREE KEY TOY SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS LET'S TAKE A PEEK AND THEN I WILL SHARE SOME ADDITIONAL INFO WITH YOU LATER MM >> DURING THE GIFT-GIVING HOLIDAY SEASON, VARIOUS GROUPS WILL TALK ABOUT THEIR TOP TOYS FOR THE SEASON HERE AT CPSC, WE'RE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT TOY RECALLS ARE DOWN THIS YEAR, BUT WE HAVE SEEN A RISE IN INJURIES INVOLVING TOYS

WE WANT YOUR HOLIDAYS TO BE HAPPY AND INCIDENT-FREE, SO CPSC IS ENCOURAGING CONSUMERS THIS YEAR TO CONSIDER THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE TOY PLAY SAFER FIRST, START BY CHOOSING AGE-APPROPRIATE TOYS FOR CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN AGE 3, AVOID TOYS WITH SMALL PARTS WHICH CAN CAUSE CHOKING FOR CHILDREN UNDER AGE 6, AVOID BUILDING OR PLAY SETS WITH SMALL MAGNETS IF MAGNETS OR PIECES OF MAGNETS ARE SWALLOWED, SERIOUS INJURIES OR DEATHS CAN BE OCCUR

UNINFLATED BALLOONS ARE ALSO A CHOKING HAZARD DISCARD PIECES OF POPPED BALLOONS IMMEDIATELY WE ALSO RECOMMEND THAT BATTERY CHARGING SHOULD BE SUPERVISED BY ADULTS BURNS CAN BE POSED TO YOUNG CHILDREN SECOND, GEAR UP FOR SAFETY

INCLUDE SAVES GEAR WHENEVER SHOPPING FOR SHORTS RELATED GIFTS RIDE-ON TOYS, BICYCLES, SKATES AND SCOOTERS WHEEL TOYS CAN GO FAST AND FALLS CAN BE DEADLY HELMETS AND SAFETY GEAR SHOULD WORN AT ALL TIMES THIRD, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

YOUNG CHILDREN SHOULD AVOID PLAYING WITH RIDE-ON TOYS WHERE THIS IS AUTOMOBILE TRAFFIC, FOOLS OR PONDS THEY SHOULD ALSO BE AVOIDING ROOMS WITH CORDED WINDOW BLINDS AND BATHROOMS ANOTHER GOOD PIECE OF ADVICE IS TO HAVE A TRASH BAG READY WHEN KIDS ARE OPENING PRESENTS BY IMMEDIATELY DISCARDING THE TRASH, IT CAN KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFER CHOOSE AGE APPROPRIATE TOYS, WEAR SAFETY GEAR, AND PLAY IN A SAFE LOCATION

CPSC WISHES YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT US AT CPSCGOV >> HAPPY HOLIDAYS! >> THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION ALSO RECOMMENDS THESE HOLIDAY TOY SAFETY TIPS BE A LABEL READER

LOOK FOR TOY LABELS THAT GIVE AGE AND SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS AND USE THAT INFORMATION AS A GUIDE SELECT TOYS THAT NOT ONLY SUIT THE AGE OF THE CHILD, BUT THEIR ABILITIES, SKILLS AND INTEREST AS WELL FOR ALL CHILDREN UNDER 8, AVOID TOYS THAT HAVE SHARP EDGES AND POINTS ONCE THE GIFTS ARE OPEN, REMEMBER TO DISCARD PLASTIC WRAPPINGS ON TOYS IMMEDIATELY, BEFORE THEY BECOME DANGEROUS PLAY THINGS KEEP TOYS APPROPRIATE FOR OLDER CHILDREN AWAY FROM YOUNGER SIBLINGS OR NEIGHBORS

AND REMEMBER, PAY ATTENTION TO INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS ON BATTERY CHARGERS SOME CHARGERS LACK ANY DEVICE TO PREVENT OVERCHARGING NEXT UP, THE CPSC WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU THAT SMALL BATTERIES CAN POSE QUITE A HAZARD THIS VIDEO FEATURES CPSC SPOKESPERSON KIM DULIC, AS WELL AS DR TOBY LITOVITZ, DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CAPITAL POISON CONTROL CENTER, WASHINGTON, D

C YOU'LL SEE THAT WHEN A CHILD SWALLOWS A TINY BATTERY, IT IS A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION LET'S TAKE A LOOK MM >> THIS IS A BUTTON BATTERY THESE COIN-SIZE BATTERIES CAN INCREASINGLY BE FOUND IN PRODUCTS USED IN AND AROUND THE HOME

AS BUTTON BATTERY USE INCREASES, SO DOES BATTERY RELATED INJURIES AND DEBT INJURIES FROM BUTTON BATTERIESES HAVE INCREASED NEARLY SEVEN-FOLD IN RECENT YEARS >> WHEN CHILDREN SWALLOW BUTTON BATTERIES, THE BATTERIES OFTEN PASS RIGHT THROUGH THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM AT ALL THE CATCH IS THAT THAT BATTERY IS LARGE ENOUGH TO BE STUCK IN THE ESOPHAGUS THEY BURN A HOLE RIGHT THROUGH THE ESOPHAGUS

THE EXTERNAL CURRENT IS GENERATING THESE SMALL AMOUNT OF ALKALI AND CAUSE EROSION RIGHT THROUGH THE CHILD'S ESOPHAGUS AND IMAGINE IF IT GOES GO A BLOOD VESSEL THESE ARE VERY SERIOUS CASES, ESPECIALLY A PROBLEM IN YOUNG CHILDREN, CHILDREN 4 YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER ARE THE ONES AT MOST RISK, ALTHOUGH OLDER CHILDREN OCCASIONALLY SWALLOW BATTERIES AND HAVE COMPLICATIONS TOO THE 20-MILLIMETER LITHIUM CELL ALMOST 13% OF THE TIME GETS STUCK IN THE ESOPHAGUS AND CAUSES A SERIOUS COMPLICATION, SO THAT'S WHY WE'RE FOCUSING ON THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS 20-MILLIMETER LITHIUM CELL >> LOOK AROUND YOUR HOME TO SEE IF YOU HAVE ANY BUTTON BATTERIES THEY CAN BE FOUND IN REMOTE CONTROLS, GAMES, TOYS, ELECTRONIC THERMOMETERS, TALKING BOOKS, BATHROOM SCALES, AND HEARING AIDS, JUST TO NAME A FEW

HOW ACCESSIBLE ARE YOUR BUTTON BATTERIES IN YOUR HOME? HERE ARE A FEW SAFETY TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE KEY REMOTES AND OTHER ELECTRONICS OUT OF YOUR CHILD'S REACH IF THE BATTERY COMPARTMENTS DO NOT HAVE A SCREW TO SECURE THEM TAPE MAY BE USED TO HELP SECURE THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT KEEP BUTTON BATTERIES OUT OF YOUR CHILD'S REACH DISCARD BATTERIES CAREFULLY

DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY WITH BUTTON BATTERIES NEVER PUT YOUR BATTERIES IN YOUR MOUTH FOR ANY REASON THEY ARE EASILY SWALLOWED ACCIDENTALLY ALWAYS CHECK MEDICATIONS BEFORE INGESTING THEM ADULTS HAVE SWALLOWED BATTERIES MISTAKEN FOR PILLS OR TABLETS

>> IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOUR CHILD HAS SWALLOWED A BUTTON BATTERY, THEN YOUR CHILD NEEDS URGENT MEDICAL INTERVENTION YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR CHILD TO AN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT FOR AN X-RAY RIGHT AWAY DON'T WAIT, GO STRAIGHT TO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT YOU CAN CALL THE BATTERY INGESTION HOTLINE AT 202-625-3333 FOR GUIDANCE, BUT GET YOURSELF ON THE WAY TO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AS YOU MAKE THAT PHONE CALL >> WHEN A SMALL BATTERY IS SWALLOWED, IT IS INDEED A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION

HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL SAFETY TIPS FROM THE NATIONAL CAPITAL POISON CENTER NEVER LEAVE BATTERIES SITTING OUT STORE SPARE BATTERIES AND BATTERIES TO BE RECYCLED OUT OF SIGHT AND REACH OF YOUNG CHILDREN  IF RECYCLING IS NOT POSSIBLE, WRAP USED BATTERIES SECURELY AND DISCARD THEM WHERE A CHILD CAN'T FIND THEM REMEMBER, LITTLE CHILDREN ARE VERY INQUISITIVE, AND THAT IN TODAY'S ELECTRONIC AGE, TINY BATTERIES ARE UBIQUITOUS

THEY ARE EVERYWHERE IN ADDITION TO TOYS, HERE IS A PRETTY GOOD LIST WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM, SOME PLACES YOU HAVE LIKELY NOT CONSIDERED REMOTE CONTROLS, GARAGE DOOR OPENERS, KEYLESS ENTRY FOBS, BATHROOM SCALES, CAMERAS, WATCHES, DIGITAL THERMOMETERS, HEARING AIDS, SINGING GREETING CARDS, TALKING BOOKS, HANDHELD VIDEO GAMES, CELL PHONES,FLASHING SHOES, TOOTHBRUSHES, BEDWETTING MONITORS THE NATIONAL CAPITAL POISON CENTER ADVISES YOU TO BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS WITH ANY PRODUCT THAT CONTAINS A BATTERY AS BIG AS A PENNY OR LARGER THE 20-MILLIMETER DIAMETER LITHIUM CELL BATTERY IS ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS PROBLEMS WHEN SWALLOWED

THESE PROBLEM CELLS CAN BE RECOGNIZED BY THEIR IMPRINT, ENGRAVED NUMBERS AND LETTERS, AND OFTEN HAVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE CODES: CR2032, CR2025, CR2016 IF SWALLOWED AND NOT REMOVED PROMPTLY, THESE LARGER BUTTON BATTERIES CAN CAUSE DEATH OR BURN A HOLE THROUGH YOUR CHILD'S ESOPHAGUS HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL TIPS FROM THE NATIONAL CAPITAL POISON CENTER MAKE SURE ALL HEARING AIDS FOR CHILDREN HAVE CHILD-RESISTANT BATTERY COMPARTMENTS AND MAKE SURE THE LOCK IS ACTIVATED WHEN THE CHILD IS WEARING THE AID ALERT FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WEAR HEARING AIDS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE BATTERIES OUT OF REACH OF SMALL CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES

  MOST HEARING AID USERS REMOVE THE BATTERIES EACH TIME THEY TAKE THE DEVICE OFF DON'T INSERT OR CHANGE BATTERIES IN FRONT OF SMALL CHILDREN REMEMBER, THE LITTLE ONES ARE OFTEN WATCHING WHEN WE ARE NOT AT ALL AWARE HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR PROTECTING OLDER CHILDREN AND ADULTS NEVER PUT BATTERIES IN YOUR MOUTH TO TEST, TO HOLD, OR FOR ANY REASON

THEY ARE SLIPPERY AND EASILY SWALLOWED DON'T STORE BATTERIES NEAR PILLS OR IN PILL BOTTLES  THEY HAVE BEEN MISTAKENLY TAKEN AS PILLS LOOK AT EVERY MEDICINE YOU INTEND TO SWALLOW TURN ON THE LIGHTS, PUT ON YOUR GLASSES, READ THE LABEL, AND LOOK AT THE MEDICINE ITSELF

  DON'T LEAVE BATTERIES ON BEDSIDE TABLES OR PLACE THEM LOOSE IN YOUR POCKET OR PURSE AVOID STORING OR LEAVING BATTERIES WHERE THEY MIGHT BE MISTAKEN FOR, OR SWALLOWED WITH, FOOD DON'T LEAVE BATTERIES IN DRINKING GLASSES OR ADJACENT TO NUTS, CANDY, POPCORN, OR OTHER FINGER FOODS IF A BATTERY IS SWALLOWED OR PLACED IN THE EAR OR NOSE, CALL THE NATIONAL BATTERY INGESTION HOTLINE AT 202-625-3333 AND CALL THEM IMMEDIATELY PROMPT ACTION IS CRITICAL

DON'T WAIT FOR SYMPTOMS TO DEVELOP IF THE BATTERY WAS SWALLOWED, DON'T EAT OR DRINK UNTIL AN X-RAY SHOWS THE BATTERY IS BEYOND THE ESOPHAGUS  BATTERIES STUCK IN THE ESOPHAGUS MUST BE REMOVED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE SEVERE DAMAGE CAN OCCUR IN JUST TWO HOURS BATTERIES IN THE NOSE OR EAR ALSO MUST BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID PERMANENT DAMAGE

IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE INGESTION OF BATTERIES, PLEASE VISIT THE NATIONAL CAPITAL POISON CENTER WEBSITE AT WWWPOISONORG/BATTERY/TIPSASP OKAY, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I'M READY FOR A BREAK

LET'S TAKE A BREAK NOW WHEN WE COME BACK, WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT AND LOOK AT SOME OTHER TOY SAFETY TIPS WE THINK YOU'LL FIND THEM VERY NOTEWORTHY SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BREAK >> SEE THESE MAGNETS? THEY CAN MAKE HOLES IN YOUR STOMACH

SERIOUSLY I KNOW, THEY LOOK A LITTLE LIKE JEWELRY, SO YOU MIGHT THINK IT'S COOL TO PUT IT IN YOUR NOSE OR TONGUE BUT DON'T TRY IT TRUST ME, NEVER PUT A MAGNET IN YOUR NOSE OR MOUTH DON'T LET YOUR BABY SISTER OR BROTHER PLAY WITH THEM EITHER

YOU CAN EASILY SWALLOW THESE BY MISTAKE AND THE MAGNETS CAN CONNECT INSIDE YOUR BODY, JUST LIKE THE OUTSIDE YOU COULD DIE IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE SWALLOWED A MAGNET, CALL YOUR PARENTS AND CALL A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE MAGNETS GO IN EASIER THAN THEY COME OUT >> WELCOME BACK THAT WAS A PRETTY INTERESTING PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, WASN'T IT? WERE YOU AWARE THAT MAGNETS COULD BE SO DANGEROUS? LET ME SHARE SOME SAFETY TIPS WITH YOU

JUST ABOUT A YEAR AGO, THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE WARNING THAT, QUOTE, HIGH-POWERED MAGNETS AND CHILDREN MAKE A DEADLY MIX THE RELEASE WENT ON TO STATE THAT, FROM TODDLERS TO TEENS, CHILDREN SWALLOWING MAGNETS ENDURE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES ALTHOUGH THE RISK SCENARIOS DIFFER BY AGE GROUP, THE DANGER IS THE SAME WHEN TWO OR MORE MAGNETS ARE SWALLOWED, THEY CAN ATTRACT ONE ANOTHER INTERNALLY, RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURIES SUCH AS SMALL HOLES IN THE STOMACH AND INTESTINES, INTESTINAL BLOCKAGE, BLOOD POISONING, AND EVEN DEATH INCIDENTS INVOLVING THESE HIGH-POWERED, BALL-BEARING MAGNETS HAVE BEEN STEADILY INCREASED SINCE 2009, INVOLVING CHILDREN RANGING IN AGE FROM 18 MONTHS TO 15 YEARS OLD

OF THE REPORTED INCIDENTS, 17 INVOLVED MAGNET INGESTION AND 11 REQUIRED SURGICAL REMOVAL OF THE MAGNETS YOU SHOULD NOTE THAT WHEN A MAGNET HAS TO BE REMOVED SURGICALLY, IT OFTEN REQUIRES THE REPAIR OF THE CHILD'S DAMAGED STOMACH AND INTESTINES THE CPSC OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TIPS TO AVOID MAGNET INGESTION INJURIES, AS WELL AS ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOUR CHILD HAS SWALLOWED MAGNETS KEEP SMALL MAGNETS AWAY FROM YOUNG CHILDREN WHO MIGHT SWALLOW THEM LOOK OUT FOR LOOSE MAGNET PIECES AND REGULARLY INSPECT TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PLAY AREAS FOR MISSING OR DISLODGED MAGNETS

IF YOU SUSPECT THAT MAGNETS HAVE BEEN SWALLOWED, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY LOOK FOR ABDOMINAL SYMPTOMS, SUCH AS ABDOMINAL PAINS, NAUSEA, VOMITING AND DIARRHEA NOTE THAT IN X-RAYS, MULTIPLE MAGNETIC PIECES MAY APPEAR AS A SINGLE OBJECT IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT ONE MORE VIDEO FROM THE US

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION AS WE'RE IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON, THIS PARTICULAR VIDEO WILL FOCUS ON DECORATING SAFETY DURING THE HOLIDAYS BUT FIRST, I WANT TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CPSC, WHICH IS ALSO YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR TOY AND MANY OTHER RECALLS THE US

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION IS CHARGED WITH PROTECTING THE PUBLIC FROM UNREASONABLE RISKS OF INJURY OR DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF THE THOUSANDS OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS UNDER THE AGENCY'S JURISDICTION DEATHS, INJURIES, AND PROPERTY DAMAGE FROM CONSUMER PRODUCT INCIDENTS COST THE NATION MORE THAN $900 BILLION ANNUALLY THE CPSC IS COMMITTED TO PROTECTING CONSUMERS AND FAMILIES FROM PRODUCTS THAT POSE A FIRE, ELECTRICAL, CHEMICAL, OR MECHANICAL HAZARD CPSC'S WORK TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS SUCH AS TOYS, CRIBS, POWER TOOLS, CIGARETTE LIGHTERS, AND HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS CONTRIBUTED TO A DECLINE IN THE RATE OF DEATHS AND INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH CONSUMER PRODUCTS OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS OKAY

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE LAST VIDEO WE'RE GOING TO SCREEN TODAY FROM THE CPSC IT IS ON HOLIDAY DECORATING SAFETY, AND IF IT DOESN'T GET YOUR ATTENTION ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF NEGLIGENCE, INATTENTION, AND SIMPLY BEING UNINFORMED, NOTHING WILL LET'S TAKE A LOOK [ SIRENS ] >> HOME DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS IS A WONDERFUL TRADITION AND CPSC WANTS YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON TO BE SAFE AND HAPPY HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO PREVENT HOLIDAY DECORATING RELATED FIRES AND INJURIES

ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOLIDAY DECORATING HAZARDS COMES FROM UNINTENTIONAL CANDLE FIRES KEEP BURNING CANDLES WITHIN SIGHT AT ALL TIMES EXTINGUISH ALL CANDLES BEFORE YOU GO TO BED, LEAVE THE ROOM, OR LEAVE THE HOUSE KEEP LIT CANDLES IN A STABLE, HEAT-RESIST TANT SURFACE WHERE KIDS AND PETS CAN'T REACH THEM OR KNOCK THEM OVER CANDLES SHOULD BE PLACED AWAY FROM ITEMS THAT CAN CATCH FIRE OR BURN EASILY, SUCH AS TREES, BEDDING, TABLECLOTHS, DECORATIONS AND CURTAINS

WHEN YOU BUY A LIVE TREE, CHECK FOR FRESHNESS A FRESH TREE IS GREEN, THE NEEDLES ARE HARD TO PULL FROM THE BRANCHES AND DO NOT BREAK WHEN BENT BETWEEN YOUR FINGERS THE BOTTOM OF A FRESH TREE IS STICKY WITH RESIN WHEN TAPPED ON THE GROUND, THE TREE SHOULD NOT LOSE MANY NEEDLES MAKE SURE TO PLACE YOUR TREE AWAY FROM HEAT SOURCES SUCH AS FIREPLACES, VENTS AND RADIATORS

ALSO KEEP THE STAND FILLED WITH WATER WHEN YOU BUY AN ARTIFICIAL TREE, LOOK FOR THE LABEL "FIRE RESISTANT" ALTHOUGH THIS LABEL DOESN'T MEAN THE TREE CAN'T CATCH FIRE, IT DOES MEAN THE TREE IS MORE RESISTANT TO BURNING HOLIDAY LIGHTS KEEP YOUR HOME LOOKING FESTIVE, BUT THOSE TOO COME WITH A SET OF SAFETY TIPS ONLY USE LIGHTS TESTED FOR SAFETY BY A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED TESTING LAB

CHECK ALL SETS OF LIGHTS WHETHER THEY ARE NEW OR OLD FOR BROKEN OR CRACKED SOCKETS OR DAMAGED CONNECTIONS THROW AWAY OLD SETS MAKE SURE YOUR LIGHTS SAY THEY ARE CERTIFIED FOR OUTDOOR USE AND ONLY PLUG THEM INTO A QFCI OR GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER OUTLET IF YOU USE AN EXTENSION CORD, MAKE SURE IT IS RATED FOR YOUR INTENDED USE KEEP THESE SAFETY TIPS IN MIND AND HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON

>> I'M SURE YOU FOUND THAT TO BE VERY USEFUL INFORMATION IN THE VERY LEAST, I'M HOPING THAT IT SERVES AS A GREAT REMINDER OF THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS YOU SHOULD BE TAKING AS YOU DECORATE YOUR HOME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WELL, THAT'S OUR SHOW FOR TODAY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHECK ON TOY RECALLS ISSUED BY THE CONSUMER PRODUCTS SAFETY COMMISSION, AS WELL AS OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, VISIT WWWRECALLS

GOV YOU WILL ALSO FIND A LINK TO THE CPSC HOME PAGE THERE THAT'S WWWCPSCGOV

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REPORT A SAFETY ISSUE WITH A TOY OR OTHER CONSUMER PRODUCT, VISIT THE CPSC WEBSITE AT WWWSAFERPRODUCTSGOV THE CPSC TOLL-FREE CONSUMER HOTLINE IS 800-638-2772 THEIR TTY NUMBER IS 301-595-7054

THE TOLL FREE HOTLINE HOURS ARE FROM 8:00 AM TO 5:30 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

MESSAGES CAN BE LEFT ANYTIME THE MAILING ADDRESS OF THE US CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION IS 4330 EAST WEST HIGHWAY, BETHESDA, MARYLAND 20814 THE GENERAL INFORMATION TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 301-504-7923

THOSE HOURS ARE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM TO 4:30 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND REMEMBER, YOU CAN WATCH PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF HEALTHWATCH ONLINE AT WWWNORFOLKGOV IF YOU'D LIKE TO DROP ME A LINE, YOU CAN E-MAIL ME AT TERRANCE

AFER-ANDERSON@VDH VIRGINIAGOV PLEASE ALSO FEEL FREE TO GIVE ME A CALL AT 757-683-8836 AGAIN, THAT'S 757-683-8836

FOR THE NORFOLK DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, I'M TERRANCE AFER-ANDERSON AND THIS HAS BEEN HEALTHWATCH CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY CAPTION ASSOCIATES, LLC wwwcaptionassociatescom

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