||Safety: When Sharing & Recycling|
|When Sharing Is NOT Safe **|
Hand-me-downs and baby bazaars may be unfamiliar terms to
some individuals of the current generation, but the practice of sharing children's furnishings and equipment with friends, families,
caregivers, and child care programs is quite common. Concerns arise
when such generosity involves the continued recycling of items for
which safety alerts or product recalls have been issued.
As part of its national Recall Round-Up campaign, the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC) suggests doing some spring cleaning in attics, basements, and other areas used to store old products that
could be hazardous. Examples of such products include:
To obtain by mail a list of major recalls, consumers should send a postcard to:
Make sure to check on the safety of items you are saving for later use or sharing with someone now. If you are the fortunate recipient of someone's sharing, take a few minutes to check out the safety status of any donated items of furnishings or equipment. CPSC and manufacturers see to it that products with hazardous potential are removed from store shelves, but only you can see that such products are removed from your home or center.
** This article appeared in "Young Children" magazine (issue=July 1999),
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