Archive for the ‘Safety Information & Tips’ Category

The Biggest Toy Recalls of 2013


As you head out to do your holiday shopping this year, please keep this list of recalled products and related safety tips in mind.  The same information is also important when consigning, donating or passing down toys your family no longer needs.  Please share this post with your friends and family. 2013 Toy Recalls in [...]

The Future of Home Security


Home security systems have changed drastically in just the last 5-10 years; big changes in the accessibility of Wi-Fi and the low cost and ubiquity of mobile phones have been two of the biggest changes.  What is the next big game-changer in the world of home security? Here are 5 technologies to look forward to [...]

10 Ways to Secure Your Home on a Budget


When it comes to home security, more is not always better – the best investments are on features you will use and defence against true threats. Here are 10 easy tips that can be implemented on the smallest of budgets and will increase your peace of mine and make your home safe. 1.    Apply Security [...]

Food-related Choking Among Children in the United States

Young Girl Eating a Hotdog

Editor’s note: Thanks goes to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for this informative article. Food-related Choking Among Children in the United States Candy, particularly hard candy, meat, and bones were key foods involved in choking episodes among children ages 0-14 years, according to a report published today by the Center for Injury Research [...]

Teens: Worried About Them Driving? How About Walking?


As parents, we all hope that, by the time we send our kids off to Middle and High School we’ve done a decent job teaching them the safety basics: what to do in a fire or earthquake, how to contact us in an emergency, what to do if bothered by a stranger or bully, and [...]

Fireworks Safety, By the Numbers

Fireworks Safety, By the Numbers

The CPSC has updated last year’s popular “Fireworks Injuries” infographic with data from 2012. Take a look and share this with your friends. It serves as an excellent reminder that fireworks are serious business. Have fun this week as we celebrate this important holiday, but please remember to use extreme caution and make sure the [...]

Importance of Bicycle Helmets Hits Home for WeMakeItSafer CEO


Editor’s Note:  This post was written by our CEO, Jennifer Toney, on her personal blog a few years ago. It shows the importance of proper bike helmet fit.  Had her son’s helmet not been worn straight across his forehead, rather than incorrectly tilted back like we see so often, he would have suffored direct impact with the concrete. The [...]

How to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet


In addition to publishing vehicle recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a lot of safety information for cars and other modes of transportation, including bicycles.  Knowing which government agency covers which types of products can be a bit confusing given that bicycle recalls are covered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), [...]

BBQ Grilling Safety Tips


Cooking outdoors is a great way to get some fresh air, enjoy whole foods and spend time with family and friends.  Unfortunately, in our haste to throw another shrimp on the barbie, safety precautions are easily overlooked. According to the CPSC’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), in 2011 alone, an estimated 19,000 people were [...]

Tips for Safe and Healthy Gardening


Spring is here, and we can hardly wait to get outside and start preparing the yard for this year’s outdoor activities. Whether you like to grow vegetables or strive for that enviable lawn, be sure to make health and safety a part of your outdoor routine.  The tips below, provided by the CDC, will help [...]

New Study Suggests Ski and Snowboard Helmets Should be Required

Young Skier

We have written about the importance of wearing  helmets several times before in the context of riding bicycles and youth sports, but a recent study from Johns Hopkins reminds us that helmets are extremely important during snow activities as well.   According to the study, approximately 120,000 ski and snowboard related head injuries are reported in [...]

How Service Providers Can Use Items I Own to Help Protect Consumers

Home Inspector

We have received several inquires recently from Home Inspectors asking how to use Items I Own to help consumers check their belongings for recalls.  We are thrilled that more Home Inspectors are beginning to add recall checking services to their inspections and/or are taking the time to educate their clients about the free tools available [...]

Remembering Sandy Hook: How You Can Help


May the holiday spirit continue in our hearts and minds as we dig even deeper still to help those in need. Below is a list of organizations and relief funds accepting donations to support the families affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy. Please, do what you can to help.   National Nonprofit Organizations   The [...]

Impressive Safety Apps


In September, we gave a talk at the White House about how WeMakeItSafer uses government information on recalls to help build applications that protect families and businesses from recalled products.  In particular, we highlighted two of our apps: Items I OwnTM is a Product Safety RegistryTM for consumers. It checks belongings for the past 13 [...]

Tips for Selling Your Baby & Toddler Gear

Store owner shows a WeMakeItSafer seal on a carseat

As your children outgrow their gear, selling it at a consignment sale or in an online marketplace is a great way to reduce waste, promote reuse and make some extra money to help pay for that next batch of “stuff” they will need. But not everything is suitable to be passed along. Before putting your [...]