Mock Garage Sale Calls Attention to Recalled Product Safety

Healthcare officials remind secondhand shoppers about the dangers of recalled products for children

Healthcare officials remind secondhand shoppers about the dangers of recalled products for children

Seattle, Wash.: April 29, 2003. Every year thousands of children are injured and killed by recalled products. The Washington State Department of Health and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center hosted a "Mock Garage Sale" to make parents and caregivers more aware of the risks that recalled products pose to children.

The "Mock Garage Sale" was held in conjunction with Governor Locke's proclamation that today is "Recall Round-Up Day." Too often, recalled products may be found at garage or yard sales or secondhand shops and result in tragic, preventable injuries to children. The "Mock Garage Sale" displayed many recalled items that can still be found for sale.

Cynthia Brown, ARNP, nurse practitioner at Children's Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, and Dr. Maxine Hayes, state health officer at the Washington State Department of Health, reminded parents and caregivers about the dangers of recalled products. Legislators and representatives from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and SAFE KIDS joined them. In the United States, more than 50,000 children under age five are treated each year in emergency rooms for injuries from recalled products (including toys, clothing, and other children's products). Just last year, the CPSC issued more than 300 product recalls, aiming to remove over 90 million unsafe consumer items.

"It is disheartening to see a child with an injury caused by recalled products. The whole family suffers from these unintentional and preventable injuries," said Dr. Mark Del Beccaro, associate chief of emergency services at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center. "Parents must be vigilant about not bringing any recalled products into their homes. Double checking if a product is safe may be an extra step, but one that could be invaluable in preventing an injury to your child."

Unfortunately, many previously recalled, hazardous products remain in circulation, such as old cribs, extension cords, window blind cords with loops, non-child-resistant lighters and drawstrings on children's clothing. Often, such items end up at garage sales, where new owners don't have the recall notice information.

"Injuries and deaths due to recalled children's products are a serious problem. Recall Round-Up Day is a great opportunity for people to remove hazardous products from their homes and lessen the chances that children will be harmed," said State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes.

To determine if a product has been recalled, call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's hotline at 1-800-638-2772 or check out the CPSC website, which also allows visitors to sign up for an automatic email update on product recalls.

Additional information about product recalls may be found by calling Children's Resource Line at 206-987-2500 (Seattle area) or 1-866-987-2500 (outside Seattle area), staffed by Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center consulting nurses.

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