PRODUCT SAFETY

Each year, children are injured and killed by the very products designed and sold for their safety or use. As a parent or family member, how do you know if one of your child’s products is one of those with an unsafe track record? Of further concern, many products with an unsafe track record may never make it to the level of a national recall.

If a national product recall does occur, the process can take years, with the possibility of more than one hundred injury/issue complaints before the recall is enacted. During that so-called, “Risk Period,” deaths and injuries can still occur. Of further concern, the 2014 Kids in Danger Report, “After the Recall“ found that only 4.6% of recalled products possessed by consumers are corrected or destroyed.

Walking into a store or shopping online, do you know if the product you are buying is safe? Do you know if there have been consumer complaints about safety issues? Even just deciding which product to buy or to add to your baby registry can be overwhelming, let alone knowing if it will pose a risk to your child.

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Half of U.S. households are likely to own a product that's been recalled in any given year.

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In 2010 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced recalls of 160 unique children's products amounting to 44 million recalled children's products in homes.

There were 121 child-product recalls issued by Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2011. The total product units recalled in 2011 alone were 11.6 million.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that over the past ten years there has been an average of 10 car seats recalled each year. (2001 – 2011)

According to Consumer Reports, in 2010, "items intended for children represented 73 percent of recalled products."

According to an analysis by Kids in Danger of government data of child-product injuries, "one in seven reports involved a recalled product, with most of the incidents happening AFTER the product was recalled."

A recent report by Kids in Danger concluded that 44 million children's products involved in 18 deaths were recalled in 2010.

According to a study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), "in 2010, there were an estimated 81,700 emergency department-treated injuries associated with, but not necessarily caused by, nursery products among children under age 5." In the same study the CPSC found that "during the 3-year period 2006-2008, CPSC staff has reports of 304 deaths – an annual average of 101 deaths – associated with, but not necessarily caused by, nursery products among children under age 5."

A recent U.S. Department of Commerce report stated that "in 2007, more than 45 million toys and other children's products were recalled."

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report "Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries Calendar Year 2010" found "in 2010, there were an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. The 2010 estimate is not statistically different from the 2009 estimate, which was 250,100."

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FOOD SAFETY

You hear about it almost every day. Food recalls, contaminations and warnings that pose a risk of death or serious illness. How do you know if the food you and your family eat is safe?

According to an October 2012 CNN report "despite sweeping reform of food safety laws intended to make what we eat less dangerous, the number of Americans falling ill or dying from contaminated food has increased 44% in the past two years."

The NBC article "The Surprising Foods That Make People Sick" stated that the "CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported 1,527 foodborne disease outbreaks in 2009 and 2010."

Infants, young children, nursing mothers and the elderly have a higher risk to the impacts of these outbreaks and contaminations. At any moment the food that they consume can be a risk to their health.

These food contamination risks come up quickly and many illnesses and deaths can occur in a very short period of time. Empowered SAFETY will alert you and your Caregivers when an issue is found in your area. With our Premium Memberships, even if your child is with a grandparent or babysitter, Empowered SAFETY will be there to alert them of a potential risk.

Contaminated food sickens 48 million Americans, resulting in 3,000 deaths each year

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According to Bloomberg News, "contaminated food sickens 48 million Americans, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths and more than 128,000 hospitalizations each year. "That's right: 3,000 deaths." As part of Bloomberg's research, they found that inspectors checked "only 6 percent of domestic food producers and 0.4% of importers each year."

"In the United States, federal regulations governing food safety are fragmented and complicated," according to a February 2007 report from the Government Accountability Office. There are 15 agencies sharing oversight responsibilities in the food safety system, although the two primary agencies are the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is responsible for the safety of meat, poultry, and processed egg products, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is responsible for virtually all other foods.

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Home SAFETY

It seems that there are constantly reports about risks in and around our homes. The number of potential threats can be overwhelming. Injuries and deaths can come from basic items in our daily lives, including stairs, window blinds, poisons, and electricity, as well as items that pose the threat of tipping over, becoming a choking hazard, accidental suffocations, and/or causing burns or fire.

Home Safety for the entire family is important. According to the Home Safety Council's report, "The State of Home Safety in America," as many as 20,000 deaths, 7 million disabling injuries, and 20 million hospital visits occur in the U.S. each year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "injury is still the #1 cause of death among children." The U.S. ranks among the worst of all high-income countries in child-injury death rates.

Empowered SAFETY's Research Team regularly finds information, articles and stories about Home Safety. Whether its about risks in the home, or tips to help keep your children and family safe, we deliver the information to you. With our Premium Memberships, your child's Caregivers also receive this information to help keep their homes safe for your children and family.

40% Of unintended injuries occur in the home.

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The National Safety Council estimates every day approximately 245 people die of unintentional injuries in homes and communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 19 and younger. Each year, nearly 9 million children aged 0 to 19 years are seen in emergency departments for injuries, and more than 9,000 children die as a result of being injured. Injury treatment is the leading cause of medical spending for children. The estimated annual cost of unintentional child injuries in the United States is nearly $11.5 billion.

The National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention 2012, found that, each year 9,000 die as a result of their injuries – one every hour. Common causes of fatal and nonfatal unintentional childhood injuries include drowning, falls, fires or burns, poisoning, suffocation, and transportation-related injuries. Injuries claim the lives of 25 children every day.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Regional outbreaks of the flu, the common cold, chicken pox, measles, tuberculosis, and even meningitis occur on a regular basis. Do you know if you live in an impacted region? Symptoms from all these ailments can vary. Do you know the signs?

Each year in the U.S., an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized for flu-related complications. During the 2011-12 flu season, 26 deaths in children were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Severe flu-related complications are most common in children younger than 2.

According to CNN Health, "preschool children are at greatest risk of frequent colds, but even healthy adults can expect to have a few colds each year." There are hundreds of different viruses that can cause the common cold, and breakouts occur around the country on a regular basis.

Empowered SAFETY will alert you when we find a Health and Wellness issue, in your area, to keep you informed of potential risks to your children and family. With our Premium Memberships, Empowered SAFETY will also notify your child's Caregivers of these potential risks.

"2013 CDC "Flu reaches epidemic level in U.S,""

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"Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from flu, even in non-epidemic years."

"More than 200 viruses can cause colds."

According to the Palm Beach Post, the 2012 outbreak of tuberculosis was the worst seen in 20 years, and resulted in 13 deaths and 99 illnesses.

In 2010 California reported 9,477 cases of whooping cough, with 10 deaths.

A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reveals that an astounding 97 percent of children affected by a mumps outbreak that swept the Northeast back in 2009 had already been vaccinated for the condition in accordance with recommended government guidelines.

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