HEALTH FEATURE ARCHIVE

Happy Holidays...Safe Toy Alert

Since the Friday after Thanksgiving is the day many people start their Christmas shopping in a serious way, it is an appropriate time to talk about toys. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests consumers check their list of recalled children's products for dangerous items that may have been purchased before a recall was issued.

We recommend that you check out these lists of unsafe toys and children's products before you get caught up in the whirlwind of Christmas shopping.

To see if you may have toys or other products in your home that have been recalled, please visit the MedicineNet.com Product Recall area.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com


Happy Holiday Safety Checklist!

November 25, 2003 -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Hal Stratton today warned holiday season gift buyers to be on the lookout for recently recalled toys and children's products that pose serious safety threats to youngsters. To provide consumers easier access to all recall announcements, Chairman Stratton also announced the launch of a new federal government inter-agency Web site -- www.Recalls.gov.

Hazardous products that consumers may have in their homes that could endanger children, as families gather for the holidays. Consumers should check whether products have been recalled and dispose of them or place them out of the reach of children until they can be replaced or repaired. Manufacturers will usually offer a free repair kit or replacement product.