The Importance of Product Recalls

cpscAs parents, we all want our children to be safe. It can be overwhelming to think about your child getting injured, and it’s easy to tell yourself, “that won’t happen to my child.” But accidents happen, and as parents, it is our job to help prevent them.

That’s why it’s important to be aware of product recalls. The role of the Consumer Product Safety Commission is to ensure that products are safe. You can go to www.cpsc.gov and search for particular products to see if any recall or warning has been issued. Or, go to this page and look for the “Get Involved” box and then click on “sign up for safety news and recalls.” This way, when products are recalled, you’ll know right away!

If a product is recalled, please take the time to read why and even if you haven’t experienced the problem yourself, follow the guidelines for what to do next. In many cases, a repair kit may be available. Other times consumers are encouraged to discontinue the use all together. Either way, I can’t emphasize enough that there is a reason for recalls when they happen and they should be taken seriously.

If you experience an injury from a product, you can also report an unsafe product to the CPSC: http://www.saferproducts.gov/Search/default.aspx.

About Teresa Stewart MS MPH

Teresa Stewart is the Program Manager of Sleep Support and Safety at Isis Parenting and has been a proud member of the Isis team since 2007. Teresa holds a MS in Child Development from Wheelock College and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health. She is certified by the American Heart Association as a CPR and First Aid instructor. Teresa is a member of the Safe Kids Boston Coalition and MassPinn (Massachusetts Prevents Injuries Now Network). She combines her areas of expertise to help parents understand why our children do the mysterious things they do and how to keep them healthy and safe. Teresa also supports parents around sleep through her work as an Isis Sleep Consultant and co-contributor to Sleep from Birth to One Year, from the Isis Online Parenting School. She recently presented at the Zero to Three’s National Training Institute on the Isis Sleep Support Program. Teresa is the mother of a school-aged daughter and toddler son and understands the joys and challenges of parenting.

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