Kids: No shredding

These machines can hurt little fingers


 
 
 
Recall roundup - April 2006 Concerns about privacy and identity theft have increased the number of paper shredders being used in homes—along with the likelihood a young child will injure a hand in the shredder.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 50 injuries requiring emergency room attention from January 2000 through September 2005. Most involve finger injuries to children under age 5 and many of the injuries occurred in the presence of an adult. The children’s fingers were caught when they didn’t release the paper quickly enough.

Although shredders have not been recalled for their danger to children, the commission recommends the following for the safe use of shredders:

 Never allow children to operate the shredder, even under supervision.

 Place the shredder in an area less accessible to children and unplug the power cord when it is not in use.

 Keep hair and loose fitting clothing away from the shredder.

Recent recalls:

 Little Tikes animal flashlights. Parts of these children’s flashlights sold at Target are coated with lead paint.

 Toy mobile phones. Small parts can break off these toddler toys by International Playthings and cause a choking hazard.

 Hooded sweatshirts. Next Marketing hooded fleece sweatshirts have drawstrings that can get caught and strangle a child. Clothing for children should not have drawstrings around the neck.

 Chicken Limbo game. The side supports of this game by Milton Bradley don’t fit properly, causing the whole game to fall over, hitting players and bystanders. The company had 46 reports of the game falling with 23 injuries including bruises, welts, a chipped tooth and fractured foot.

To report a problem with a product or to see the complete list of recalls, visit www.cpsc.gov.

Nancy A. Cowles Executive director, Kids In Danger www.kidsindanger.org

 
 







 
 
 
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