Posts Tagged ‘baby’s environment’

Millions of window blinds, shades recalled

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling millions of Roman blinds and roll-up shades because they pose a risk of strangulation in small children. The blinds were sold between January 1998 and October 2009 in a wide range of stores across the country including Walmart, Pottery Barn, J.C. Penny, Ace Hardware, Big Lots and other specialty window covering dealers. Consumers should stop using these shades and blinds immediately. If you have Roman or roll-up shades, contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit

To help prevent child strangulation in window coverings, the CPSC and WCSC urge parents and caregivers to follow these guidelines:

• Examine all shades and blinds in the home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. The CPSC and WCSC recommend the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

• Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords.

• Make loose cords inaccessible.

• If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.

Visit the CPSC Web site for more information about the recalls affecting specific window blinds and shades.

Toy trucks and pajama sets recalled

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling Super Rigs Play Sets because the toy trucks’ paint coating contains lead. Lead is a very strong poison that can be very harmful to children. The toys were sold between September and November 2009. Learn more about the toy truck recall.

The CPSC is also recalling Little Miss Matched Girls Pajama Sets because the clothing doesn’t meet federal children’s sleepwear flammability standards. The sleepwear can pose a risk of burn injury to kids. The pajama sets were sold in the U.S. between March 2008 and July 2009. Learn more about the pajama sets recall.

National Women’s History Month – Go Green!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

woman-r-u-green1March is National Women’s History Month, which means it’s a great time to reflect and celebrate some of the wonderful accomplishments made by women. From Dr. Virginia Apgar (developed the APGAR score – the first health exam given to a newborn to check his vital signs immediately after birth), to Sandra Day O’Connor (first woman justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court), to Dr. Mae Jemison (the first woman of color to go into space), women have made enormous strides and achievements throughout history.

This year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is the “green” movement – women who’ve taken the lead to save our planet. There are lots of things you can do to help care for the world we live in. The U.S. Department of Energy created this interactive Web site that shows how small changes in our everyday lives can positively impact our environment. You can also learn how to make your baby’s environment a little “greener” by checking out some helpful March of Dimes articles on the subject.

In our house, we recycle and use energy efficient light bulbs. We also installed a programmable thermostat, which not only regulates the temperature in our home throughout the day, but helps us trim down our electric and gas bill!

How about you? How do you go green?