Author - Dev Gowda

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Dev Gowda is the Assistant Director at Kids in Danger (KID). Visit KidsInDanger.org on your smartphone or mobile device to search for recalls in addition to learning more about KID.   "Like" us on Facebook and follow KID on Twitter.

Preventing furniture tip-overs in your home

Furniture and TV tip-over incidents are most likely to be deadly when a child is involved. A child dies every 10 days from a TV or furniture tip-over. In the U.S. there is an estimated annual average of 15,600 injuries that are associated with tip-overs. Most accidents happen when a child climbs on the furniture in order to reach a higher drawer or an object on top. Children ages 2-5 are at a higher risk for these incidents. These facts and figures illuminate the tragic stories of Camden,...

Posted on February 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Dev Gowda

6 product recalls parents should know about

 

Not only is summer officially underway but also we are halfway through the year! We want to keep you posted on some of the largest recalls of 2016 so far, which are listed below. For a full list of recalls, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission. To keep up with recalls, follow Kids in Danger on Facebook and Twitter) and sign up for our monthly alerts.

 

IKEA MALM chests and dressers
29 million recalled, 5 deaths, 41 injuries reported

IKEA recalled MALM and other mo...

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:23 AM by Dev Gowda

What you need to know about window blind safety

At the beginning of October, IKEA announced that it will only carry blinds with no cords or inaccessible cords in all of its global stores by January 2016. Kids In Danger (KID) spoke to Linda Kaiser from Parents for Window Blind Safety to find out what this change means in terms of ongoing safety and what parents can do to keep their kids safe with regards to window blinds. 

 

What makes this move a big win for window blind safety?

This sets the tone for other retailers to...

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM by Dev Gowda

The dangers of drawstrings

Nearly 20 years ago, as 13-year-old Brandi Browder stepped off the bus, the drawstring on her coat snagged on the bus's handrail. She fell, the bus drove off and Brandi was killed. Her tragic death provided momentum to efforts to regulate and ban drawstrings on children’s clothing.

 

Over the two decades following Brandi’s death, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has developed and strengthened safety standards regarding children’s clothing drawstrings, as these pose strangulat...

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 11:06 AM by Dev Gowda

How does our childcare safety regulations compare to other states?

Most states have recently worked to change the rules on background checks for childcare workers or immunization requirements for childcare centers, but what about child product safety rules? Do you know if Illinois allows childcare facilities to use dangerous products? What about other states?

 

Recalled children’s products
The danger: According to a Kids In Danger (KID) report, from 2005-2014 recalled children’s products caused at least 2,464 injuries and 57 deaths. Th...

Posted on August 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM by Dev Gowda

5 Safety Rules for Grandparents

Grandparents play a vital role in their grandchildren’s lives. 

They provide extra loving care when parents need a break and are a wealth of knowledge for tips and tricks to help new parents figure out the ropes. However, some things have changed in recent years, especially in regards to what we know about safety. In other words, what may have worked with your children may not be what is recommended as safe for your grandchildren.

To make sure you are up-to-date on the newest safet...

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 11:44 AM by Dev Gowda

Top 5 Safety-minded websites to bookmark

March 1 – 7 marks National Consumer Protection Week, a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers to make better-informed decisions. As consumers, we have both the right and, when it comes to our children, the responsibility to make informed decisions about our purchases to keep our families safe. Unfortunately, some products aimed at children can pose serious risks to their wellbeing, and keeping track of what is safe and what isn’t can be a challenge.  Luckily, there are many resourc...

Posted on March 02, 2015 at 4:39 PM by Dev Gowda

October is safe sleep month! Is your baby sleeping safely?

            Cribs are possibly the most important investment a parent can make in their child’s safety, the only product that a parent is meant to leave their baby in unsupervised. So how can a baby’s sleep environment be as safe as it can be? By making the crib environment totally bare, and making sure the crib itself meets the latest safety standards.

            Kids In Danger and the Consumer Product Safety Commission both recommend the “less is more,” bare approach to cribs.  Some...

Posted on October 03, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Key Safety Questions to Ask Your Childcare Provider

There are so many factors that are important when choosing the right child care provider, but above all else we want our children cared for in a safe environment. KID has pulled together a list of safety questions to ask your provider to make sure your child is in a safe space.

What you could ask: 2-3 children’s products are recalled a week for safety hazards, how do you keep up with children’s products recalls?

What the provider should say: The provider should be telling you that they ...

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Your car seat safety questions- answered!

Did you know that more than 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly? In an effort to reduce misuse and confusion as the travel season heats up, KID has compiled some of the most common questions we get about car seat use and installation and asked Jess Choi, Coalition Coordinator for Safe Kids Chicago for expert answers.

Question: How do I know if my car seat is safe to use with my child?

Answer: The first step in using a car seat safely is to make sure it has not been reca...

Posted on June 03, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Dev Gowda